Illinois American Water Accepting Applications for 2012 Environmental Grant Program, Mar. 10, 2012 deadline

Reposting a message from Illinois American Water about the continuation of their Environmental Grant Program in 2012 for projects that benefit the environment within their service territory, including watershed protection activities, biodiversity projects, hazardous waste collection efforts, and more. Past recipients used funds to improve, restore and protect watersheds, surface water and groundwater communities. For more information and past awardees, see their website, read the grant brochure, or view the full press release.

Illinois American Water announced today that the application process is now open for its 2012 Environmental Grant Program to support innovative, community-based environmental projects that improve, restore or protect the watersheds, surface water and/or groundwater supplies 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 ensuring water quality through testing and treatment, as well as through consumer education and community source protection programs,” said Karla Olson Teasley, Illinois American Water President. “We are all environmental stewards in protecting our water supplies, and this program is one way we help communities play an active role in this important effort.”

To qualify, proposed projects must:

  • Address a source water or watershed protection need in the community
  • Be completed between May 1, 2012 and November 30, 2012
  • 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 (continued existence after the American Water grant monies are utilized)
  • Be located in an Illinois American Water service area

In 2011, Illinois American Water awarded seven grants totaling over $28,000. A panel of judges selected the winners from over 30 grant applications.

Grant information and application forms can be found online at www.illinoisamwater.com. Applications must be postmarked by March 10, 2012, and mailed to Karen Cotton at Illinois American Water, 123 SW Washington, Peoria, IL 61602 or emailed to karen.cotton@amwater.com.

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