CHARLESTON—West Virginia American Water announced recently that applications are now being accepted for the company’s 2017 Firefighting Support Grant program. Grants awarded through this annual initiative provide funding assistance to fire and emergency organizations serving communities across the company’s service area.
Established in 2014, West Virginia American Water’s Firefighting Support Grant program awards funds to cover costs associated with purchasing personal protective gear, communications equipment, firefighting tools, water handling equipment, training and related activities and materials that will be used to support community fire protection.
Last year, West Virginia American Water contributed $10,000 to help six local fire departments purchase emergency gear, lifesaving equipment, training materials and essential firefighting apparatus.
“We created this grant program as a way to show our appreciation for the men and women who serve in our local fire departments and for the communities that count on them around the clock,” said Brian Bruce, president of West Virginia American Water.
“The very first water systems were developed for community fire protection, and West Virginia American Water is proud to give back to those who protect the communities where our customers and employees live and work.”
To qualify, applicants must provide a letter of application that includes the following:
—Contact information including name, email address and phone number
—Description of the organization(s) seeking support, including fire department name, address of fire department and county in which fire department is located
—Overview of the specific project to be funded
—Grant amount requested (maximum $1,000)
—Problems/challenges that the project will address
—Timeframe for implementation of the project
—Summary of budget and other funding sources being approached for support of the project
—An accompanying completed W-9 form
To be eligible, fire departments must be located in or provide response services to communities served by West Virginia American Water. A map of West Virginia American Water’s service area can be found here.
Information and application requirements can be found on the Firefighting Support Grant page of the company’s website. For additional information, please contact Megan Hannah, Community Relations Specialist, at Megan.Hannah@amwater.com or 304-340-2088. Applications must be postmarked by June 2, 2017 and recipients will be notified in July.
West Virginia American Water, a subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK), is the largest water utility in the state, providing high-quality and reliable water services to approximately 550,000 people. Founded in 1886, American Water is the largest publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company.
The company employs more than 6,700 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and market-based drinking water, wastewater and other related services to an estimated 15 million people in 47 states and Ontario, Canada. More information can be found at www.westvirginiaamwater.com.