Illinois American Water announced Monday that the application process is open for its 2015 Environmental Grant Program.
The program supports innovative, community-based environmental projects that improve, restore or protect watersheds through partnerships.
The company will award grants of up to $10,000. The program is designed to support diverse types of activities, such as watershed cleanups, reforestation efforts, biodiversity projects, streamside buffer restoration projects, wellhead protection initiatives and hazardous waste collection efforts.
“Illinois American Water is committed to protecting water supplies through outreach and education. This program is another way to help communities in this effort,” said Bruce Hauk, Illinois American Water President.
To qualify, proposed projects must be located in an Illinois American Water service area and:
• Address a source water or watershed protection need in the community
• Be completed between May 1, 2015, and Nov. 29, 2015.
• Be a new or innovative program for the community, or serve as a significant expansion to an existing program
• Be carried out by a formal or informal partnership between two or more organizations
• Provide evidence of sustainability
In 2014, Illinois American Water issued eight grants totaling $15,825. Local recipients included:
• National Great Rivers Research and Education Center received a $5,000 grant for the Expanding Stream Discovery: New Watersheds and Increased Stewardship Project. The environmental education project provided students a hands-on opportunity to learn about water quality in their community by monitoring a local stream.
• Lewis and Clark Community College received a $2,300 grant for the Stormwater Runoff Management Bioswale Project. Through this project, faculty from Lewis and Clark Community College engaged Alton Middle School students to install two native planted bioswales at the college. The bioswales are expected to improve water quality by filtering runoff and reducing water velocity.
• Southern Illinois Groundwater Protection Committee received a $1,625 grant for Mississippi River cleanups. Approximately 100 environmentalists cleared trash for disposal or recycling along the shore of the Mississippi River.
• Bluestem Communication, in partnership with Mississippi River Network and Piasa Palisades Sierra Club, received a $600 grant to clean 16 miles of the Illinois Great River Road.
Grant information and application forms can be found online at www.illinoisamwater.com. Applications must be postmarked by March 13, 2015, and mailed to Karen Cotton at Illinois American Water, 7500 North Harker Drive, Peoria, IL 61615 or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Email is preferred.