Tennessee American Water Accepting Applications for 2016 Environmental Grant Program

Date: February 23, 2016

Chattanooga, Tenn. (February 18, 2016) – Tennessee American Water announced today that applications are now being accepted for the company’s 2016 Environmental Grant Program awards. The grant awards will be available in Tennessee American Water service areas in Tennessee and North Georgia. 

Tennessee American Water’s Environmental Grant Program is aimed at supporting local organizations with environmentally focused initiatives. For the past few years, the grant program has offered funds for innovative, community-based environmental projects that improve, restore or protect the watersheds, surface water and/or groundwater supplies through partnerships with local organizations.

“Tennessee American Water delivers high quality drinking water by meeting or exceeding EPA and state standards.  We also recognize the importance of local source protection programs and consumer education,” said Kevin Kruchinski, Director of Operations. “We are all environmental stewards in protecting our water supplies, and this program is one way we help our community play an active role in this important effort.”

In 2015, Tennessee American Water awarded a total of three projects throughout its service area with grant money totaling more than $8,700. Organizations that received environmental grants in 2015 included Lookout Mountain Conservancy for its program with The Howard School, Hamilton County Coalition and Tennessee River Gorge Trust.

Requirements for proposed projects are:

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 organizations

Provide evidence of sustainability (continued existence after the Tennessee American Water grant monies are utilized)

Be located within a Tennessee American Water service area

More information and the application can be obtained on the company website at www.tennesseeamwater.com under the Water Quality & Stewardship tab or use the following URL http://www.amwater.com/tnaw/water-quality-and-stewardship/environmental-grants-programs.html.

Applications must be postmarked by April 1, 2016, and recipients will be notified in April 2016.