Water company offers firefighting grants

ILLINOIS (WCIA) -- Illinois American Water is, once again, offering firefighter grants to state fire and emergency organizations.

Since 2010, it's awarded more than $342,000 in more than 350 grants to fire departments.

Department/districts are eligible for one $1,000 grant per calendar year. Only uniformed, professional and volunteer departments serving IAW's service territories are eligible.

The grants can be used to cover the costs of personal protective gear, communications equipment, tools, water handling equipment, training and related materials or reimbursement for specific training classes, manuals and workbooks.

Departments have until September 8 to apply. Applications should include a description of the group seeking support, an overview of the project to be funded and grant amount requested, community problems/challenges the project will address, time-frame for project, a summer of other sources being approached for support as well as a project budget.

Applications can be emailed to Karen Cotton, manager of external affairs.  


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