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Grant program under way

Published: Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT

BELLEVILLE – Illinois American Water recently announced that the application process is open for the company's 2013 Environmental Grant Program.

The grants support community-based environmental projects to improve, restore or protect watersheds, surface water, and groundwater supplies through partnerships.

The company will award grants of up to $10,000. The program is designed to support activities such as watershed cleanups, reforestation efforts, biodiversity projects, streamside buffer restoration projects, wellhead protection initiatives and hazardous waste collection efforts.

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 and Nov. 29, 2013; 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; and provide evidence of sustainability, continuing existence after the grant monies are utilized.

Visit www.illinoisamwater.com for grant information and application forms. Applications must be postmarked by March 11 and mailed to Karen Cotton at karen.cotton@amwater.com or Illinois American Water, 7500 N. Harker Drive, Peoria, IL 61615.

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