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Apply now for water company grants which promote clean water projects

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Indiana American Water Company (IAWC) is now accepting applications for its 2014 Environmental Grant Program.

Established in 2005, the program offers funds to eligible groups for innovative, community-based environmental projects which improve, restore, or protect the watersheds, surface water, and/or groundwater supplies through partnerships.

Several grants for a combined total of $10,000 will be awarded.

The program is designed to support diverse types of activities, including watershed cleanups, reforestation efforts, biodiversity projects, streamside buffer restoration projects, wellhead protection initiatives, hazardous waste collection efforts, and surface or groundwater protection education.

“Ensuring we have clean water now and in the future is an important issue we can all do something about,” IAWC President Alan DeBoy said. “This program encourages municipalities, schools, environmental organizations and civic groups to apply for a grant that will benefit their watersheds and the communities we serve all across the state.”

To qualify, a proposed project must:

* Address a source water or watershed protection need in a community served by IAWC.

* Be completed between May 1, 2014, and Nov. 30, 2014.

* 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 Indiana American Water grant moneys are utilized).

Information and application requirements can be obtained online at www.amwater.com/EnvironmentalGrantProgram

Applications must be postmarked by March 31 and mailed to Indiana American Water, 555 E. County Line Road, Greenwood, Ind., ATTN: Joe Loughmiller. Award recipients will be notified by April 14.

In 2013, IAWC provided a total of more than $10,000 in support for several projects around the state, including tree-planting initiatives by the Town of Chesterton.

Projects will be judged based on criteria which include clarity of project goals and projected impact, strength of collaboration with other community and/or municipal organizations, and evidence that the project will provide sustainable environmental results after Indiana American Water's funding ends.

 

Posted 3/10/2014