Due to COVID-19 crisis, grant application deadline has been extended to May 30, 2020


In 2019, the American Water Charitable Foundation launched its newest annual grant program, Keep Communities Flowing. Through this program, we seek to further our charitable efforts to help keep communities flowing just as American Water helps keep life flowing. The program provides grants up to $20,000 to support 501(c)(3) public charities that connect with one or more of American Water’s core focus areas:
   •   Water and the Environment
   •   Water and Healthy Living
   •   Environmental Education
   •   Community Sustainability

Applications must be signed by an American Water sponsor, such as a member of the local External Affairs Team, who confirms the applicant and project align with American Water’s core focus areas and that the project is located in a community served by American Water.

The next round of grant funding will be announced internally to American Water by January 31, 2020, with applications due April 15, and grants awarded by May 31. Grantees will have up to 18 months to complete the project, with a final report on project results due no later than December 1, 2021.

In its inaugural year, we are pleased to share that eleven projects were awarded in seven states totaling $150,000.

  • MEarth, CA received $12,750 to purchase a model of the Salinas River Watershed for science-based instructional purposes in Monterey County.
  • American River Parkway Foundation, Carmichael, CA received $10,000 in funding to support their invasive plant management and clean-up program along the shoreline in Sacramento County.
  • District 214 Education Foundation, Arlington Heights, IL received $10,000 to support the cost of 10 high school students attending a Water Supply Operator apprenticeship program.
  • Urbana Parks Foundation, Urbana, IL received $10,000 to help install a public kayak launch and new stone outcropping along the water’s edge in Crystal Lake Park
  • Artcroft, Inc., Paris, KY received $6,341 enabling the city to revitalizing two local parks in Millersburg with playground equipment, plants and trees.
  • Wildcat Glades Friends Group, Joplin, MO received $13,924 to construct a community educational cottage in Wildcat Park, focused on environmental education.
  • Open Space Council for the St. Louis Region, St. Louis, MO received $7,000 to plant 660 willow trees along the riverbank, enhancing water quality and wildlife habitat, in Lower Meramec Park.
  • Eastern Pennsylvania Coalition for Abandoned Mine Reclamation, Ashley, PA received $20,000 to fund multiple roadside and streamside clean-up events in Wyoming Valley.
  • Friends of the Wissahickon, Philadelphia, PA received $20,000 to support their community engagement program, Super Volunteer Service Days, benefitting Wissahickon Valley Park.
  • Top of Georgia Economic Development Initiative, Rockspring, GA received $20,000 to fund park and pond improvements, and create an outdoor eco learning lab, in the City of Rossville.
  • Friends of the Lower Appomattox River, Petersburg, VA received $20,000 allowing completion of a critical section of the Appomattox River Trail located in Central Virginia.

For additional information regarding the Keep Communities Flowing Grant Program, please contact awcf@amwater.com.