– Illinois American Water announced today that the application process is now open for its 2016 Environmental Grant Program. The program supports innovative, community-based environmental projects that improve, restore or protect the watersheds 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.
American Water is committed to protecting water supplies through outreach and
education. This program is another way to help communities in this effort,”
said Bruce Hauk, Illinois American Water President.
To qualify, proposed projects must be located in an Illinois American Water
service area and:
· address a source water or watershed protection need in the community
· be completed between May 1, 2016 and November 30, 2016.
· 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
· provide evidence of sustainability
In 2015, Illinois
American Water issued six grants totaling $23,515 to the following
- The Stream
Discovery Released in the East program received a $5,000 grant. The
program, which is administered by the National Great River Research and Education
Center in Alton fills a void in today’s education by providing teachers with
tools to engage and educate students about aquatic resources. Students
participate in hands-on stream monitoring and research. The program was
expanded to include classrooms in the Champaign and Lincoln areas.
- The Hickory Creek
Watershed Bio-Blitz project received a $2,915 grant to conduct a one-day aquatic assessment where community
volunteers within Hickory Creek watershed will team up with biologists to help
collect and sort macro invertebrate. More than 100 attendees
participated, including K-12 students via pre and post-blitz lesson plans.
- The Peoria Art Guild’s Rainwater Revival received
their requested grant of $2,500 in full. The Rainwater Revival project
addresses Peoria’s sewer system overflow concerns. The Peoria Art Guild
will collaborate with area schools to create unique artistic rain basin
collection systems to reduce water fun off in downtown Peoria, raise awareness
and implement an innovative use of water in Peoria.
- The Peoria
Riverfront Museum received a $4,100 grant for an Education Garden project. The
1,500 square foot garden is used during summer camp, summer classes and
programming during the weekly Riverfront Market on Saturday mornings.
- The City of South
Beloit received a $4,000 grant for the community’s Meet Me at the Confluence 2
project. This the second phase of a project that began last year to
remove invasive species along Turtle Creek. The restoration project
demonstrates the City’s commitment to realizing the vision of the Confluence as
a focus for natural education and restoration of native ecosystems.
- The Conservation
Technology Information Center received a $5,000 grant for the Indian Creek
Watershed project which focuses on a farming in watersheds. A series of
success story vignettes were produced to educate on successful conservation
systems including benefits, data and insight from leading farmers on adopting
priority best practices in real-world situations.
Grant information and
application forms can be found online at www.illinoisamwater.com. Applications must be postmarked by April
1, 2016, and mailed to Karen Cotton at Illinois American Water, 7500 North
Harker Drive, Peoria, Illinois 61615 or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. E-mail is preferred.