Building Better Communities


The Building Better Communities initiative, now in its seventh year, helps communities served by American Water enhance or create public park spaces that encourage the community to engage in water, nature-inspired play, environmental education, and water-based recreation.

During the last seven years, through our partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), the American Water Charitable Foundation has awarded $2.8 million to 18 communities served by American Water.  We are pleased to continue our partnership with NRPA and anticipate awarding additional projects in 2021.   For information regarding this grant opportunity, please contact the American Water Charitable Foundation or NRPA Program Manager, Michele White.

American Water Signature Program

NRPA Magazine August 2020: Restoring Nature's Playground (AWCF Grantees in Bel Air, MD and Chattanooga, TN)

NRPA Magazine April 2020: Reflecting our Values in the Community

NRPA Update 2020

AWCF Awards $500,000 to 2020 Grantees
AWCF Awards $500,000 to 2019 Grantees
AWCF Announces $1.5M Grant with NRPA
AWCF Awards $150,000 to 2018 NRPA Grantee in Bel Air, MD
AWCF Awards $150,000 to 2018 NRPA Grantee in Chattanooga, TN
AWCF Awards $450,000 to 2017 NRPA Grantees
AWCF Awards $290,000 to 2016 NRPA Grantees
AWCF Awards $400,000 to 2015 NRPA Grantees
AWCF Awards $384,000 to 2014 NRPA Grantees
AWCF Announces $2.5M Grant Program with NRPA


As another component of our signature program, in partnership with the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance, we focus on pairing USA’s all-volunteer Work Boots on the Ground program with American Water employees to volunteer their time and skills on water-related conservation projects and improving public access to water-based recreation. Project examples include ADA accessible fishing piers, boat docks, and kayak and canoe trails.

Due to the success of the program and our first three projects in Charleston, WV, Chattanooga, TN, and Peoria, IL, the Foundation awarded an additional $150,000 grant for water-related conservation projects in 2017 and 2018.  With this grant, our employees participated in additional projects in Lexington, KY, Alexandria, VA, St. Joseph, MO, and Scranton, PA.

AWCF Awards $300,000 to Union Sportsmen’s Alliance
AWCF & USA - WV Coonskin Park Fishing Pier - Dec. 2015
AWCF & USA - IL River Canoe and Kayak Trail - Oct. 2015
AWCF & USA - TN Harrison Bay State Park Boat Shed - Sept. 2015
AWCF Grants $25,000 to Union Sportsmen’s Alliance 2015