Past Environmental Grant Program recipients stand next to the grant money for an environmental project they have proposed. (Photo: Contributed)

The local Environmental Grant Program recently opened its application process after upping the amount of money to be awarded. 

The Tennessee American Water Environmental Grant Program supports innovative, community-based environmental projects that improve, restore or protect watersheds, such as watershed cleanups, water-quality monitoring and hazardous waste collection efforts.

"Tennessee American Water is committed to ensuring water quality through testing and treatment, as well as through consumer education and community source protection programs," Tennessee American Water President Valoria Armstrong said in a prepared statement. "We believe everyone is an environmental steward in protecting the nation’s water supplies, and this program is a way to help communities play an active role in this important effort."

In recent years, Tennessee American Water was able to give out $8,700 but has been able to increase that number to $10,000.  

Applications must be postmarked by March 27. Recipients will be notified in April.

For more information about the grant program, click here.

Alina Hunter-Grah is a contributing writer. She is also currently attending UTC, where she is the news editor for the school newspaper, The University Echo.