The Keep Communities Flowing Grant Program was developed in 2019 by the American Water Charitable Foundation to support communities served by American Water with community-focused projects that directly improve the quality of life for residents and the surrounding ecosystems. 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

During the last two years, the Keep Communities Flowing Grant Program has funded twenty-three projects totaling more than $300,000 throughout American Water’s footprint to enhance and support a broad range of community-led environmental efforts.  In July 2020, we announced twelve projects were awarded in eight states totaling $153,377:

  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Union County, Union, NJ received $14,970 to educate and engage youth through a robust Water & Environment Program learning module within their current STEM Program.
  • Friends of New River Gorge National River, Glen Jean, WV received $11,900 for a youth-focused water and soil testing program for students to study, learn and connect with the watershed they live in at New Gorge National River.
  • Friends of the Occoquan, Woodbridge, VA received $7,500 to construct several raised garden beds, host rain barrel workshops and create a bilingual Public Service Announcement highlighting the local litter problem along the Occoquan River.
  • Fund for the Water Works, Philadelphia, PA received $9,900 to expand access to Understanding the Urban Watershed cross-disciplinary curriculum to twelve new cohort schools through the City of Philadelphia’s school district.
  • HeartLands Conservancy, Belleville, IL received $10,000 to convert a seven-acre turf field into a natural habitat featuring an interactive demonstration about the drinking water cycle in the Village of Swansea’s Conservation Park.
  • James River Association, Richmond, VA received $7,500 to support their partnership with Hopewell City Public Schools by launching the Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience curriculum aimed at engaging and educating students.
  • MEarth, Carmel, CA received $18,925 to develop a self-guided tour and interactive signage for educational purposes at Hilton Bialek Habitat in Monterey County.
  • Mon/Yough Trail Council, McKeesport, PA received $19,200 to purchase a hydration station for installation on a major trailhead located along an 11-mile portion of the Great Allegheny Passage.
  • Nahant Marsh Education Center, Davenport, IA received $15,000 to convert a 39-acre farm into wetlands and prairie to improve floodwater storage capacity for wildlife habitat adjacent to the Mississippi River.
  • Operation Endangered Species, Pontiac, IL received $10,000 for a student-built education pavilion with a water conservation focus for students to conduct research and present findings.
  • The Conservation Foundation, Naperville, IL received $10,000 to repair and rebuild a well that irrigates an organic farm and to provide weekly shares of food to 10 families in the surrounding area.
  • Whitwell Elementary School, Whitwell, TN received $18,482 in funding to construct an outdoor classroom for the elementary school that will also be open to the community on nights and weekends.

Grantees for this program require a local American Water sponsor and are selected based on criteria including clarity of project goals and projected impact, innovation and strength of project, and evidence of community and volunteer engagement. The application process for the next round of grant funding will be announced February 2021.

For additional information regarding the Keep Communities Flowing Grant Program, please contact