Illinois American Water Announces 2012 Firefighter Grant Program

Illinois American Water has announced its 2012 Firefighter Grant Program. Through this program, the company provides financial assistance to fire and emergency organizations serving communities in it service areas.

According to Karla Olson Teasley, president of Illinois American Water, the Firefighter Grant Program has been successful in providing assistance to community fire protection efforts.  She said, “Over the last two years we’ve been able to provide 83 grants totaling over $100,000 to fire departments across Illinois.  We look forward to providing even more assistance to firefighters in our communities.”

Grants of up to $1,500 will be considered to cover the costs associated with the following:
·        Personal protective gear
·        Communications equipment
·        Firefighting tools
·        Water handling equipment
·        Training and related activities/materials used to support community fire protection
·        Reimbursement for specific fire training classes, including training manuals and workbooks

The maximum grant amount is $1,500. Fire departments-districts are eligible for one grant per calendar year.  Only uniformed professional and volunteer fire departments serving an Illinois American Water’s service territory are eligible to receive funding. Fire departments should send a letter of application postmarked by April 20, 2011, with the following:
·        Description of the organization(s) seeking support
·        Overview of specific project to be funded and grant amount requested
·        Community problem/challenges that the project will address
·        Timeframe for implementation of project
·        Summary of other sources being approached for support of project
·        Project budget

Applications can be mailed to Karen Cotton, manager of external affairs, at 123 S.W. Washington Street, Peoria, Illinois 61602, or emailed to  For questions concerning this program, please contact Cotton via email or by phone at 309-566-4126.

About Illinois American Water
Illinois American Water, a wholly owned 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 more than 1.2 million people. American Water also operates a customer service center in Alton and a quality control and research laboratory in Belleville.

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 more than 7,000 dedicated professionals who provide drinking water, wastewater and other related services to approximately 15 million people in more than 30 states, as well as parts of Canada. More information can be found by visiting


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