Monday, November 24, 2014 · 5:36 p.m.
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Tennessee American Water is now accepting applications for its 2013 environmental grants. (Photo: Caara Fritz)

The Tennessee American Water Company announced Wednesday that applications are now being accepted for the 2013 Environmental Grant Program.

The grants will be given in Tennessee American Water service areas in Tennessee and North Georgia. 

The grant program is aimed at supporting local organizations with environmentally focused initiatives. For the past few years, the grant program has offered funds for community-based environmental projects that improve, restore or protect watersheds, surface water and/or groundwater supplies. 

“Tennessee American Water is committed to ensuring water quality through testing and treatment, as well as through consumer education and community source protection programs,” Kevin Rogers, operations manager, said in a prepared statement. “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 2012, six projects throughout the Tennessee American Water service area were awarded a total of more than $8,500. The organizations funded were Howard School of Academics and Technology, Lookout Mountain Conservancy, Tennessee Student Environmental Alliance, Urban Century Institute, Tennessee Aquarium and Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences.

To be eligible for a 2013 grant, proposed projects must:

—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 or serve as an expansion of an existing program

—Be carried out by a formal or informal partnership between two or more organizations

—Provide evidence of sustainability (i.e., must continue to exist after the grant money is used)

—Be located in a Tennessee American Water service area

Applications must be postmarked by March 11, and recipients will be noted by April 12.

Click here for more information, or contact Laura Vinson at 423-771-4747 or by email.

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