Kentucky American Water is now accepting applications for green project funding through its annual Environmental Grant Program. The program offers funding up to $10,000 for qualifying, innovative, community-based environmental projects that improve, restore or protect watersheds, surface water and/or groundwater supplies. Grants are limited to supporting projects in the company’s service area.
Grants are awarded on a competitive basis. Projects are selected for funding based on various criteria such as project goals, impact, innovation, design, collaboration, sustainability, and community engagement, among other requirements.
To qualify, proposed projects must be located within Kentucky American Water’s service area; address a source water or watershed protection need in the community; be completed between May 1, 2013 and November 29, 2013; 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; and provide evidence of sustainability (continued existence after the grant is used). Salaries and compensation for support of a project or program are ineligible for grant funds.
Since launching the Environmental Grant Program in 2006, Kentucky American Water has provided approximately $115,000 in grant funds to area organizations. This is in addition to the company’s other corporate giving efforts.Information and application information can be obtained directly through the Kentucky American Water website. Applications must be postmarked by March 11. Grant recipients will be notified in April. Kentucky American Water, a subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK), is the largest investor-owned water utility in the state, providing high-quality and reliable water and/or wastewater services to approximately half a million people. Founded in 1886, American Water is the largest publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company. With headquarters in Voorhees, N.J., the company employs approximately 7,000 dedicated professionals who provide drinking water, wastewater and other related services to an estimated 15 million people in more than 30 states and parts of Canada. More information can be found by visiting www.amwater.com.