AWW Tiger Giving Project, Protect Alabama Waterways, Mini-grant Program


If you are a certified AWW monitor and need some help to get started monitoring at an orphaned site or a new site, in the form of a water chemistry test kit, water chemistry reagents to refill an existing kit, or bacteria supplies, this mini-grant program is for you!

Project Overview:
AWW and the College of Ag Communications launched the AWW Tiger Giving (TG) Project, Protect Alabama Waterways, on Tiger Giving Day, February 21, 2017 ( ). The project raised funds to promote AWW water monitoring statewide by providing kits, monitoring supplies, and training resources targeted at adoption of some of the many orphaned AWW monitoring sites around the state, and in support of new AWW monitors. The day was highly successful, with 164 generous individuals contributing $10,325, surpassing the project’s goal of $10,000! The AWW TG Project funds were raised for very specific purposes which were laid out in the project proposal submitted to the AU College of Agriculture, see excerpt below:

By supporting Alabama Water Watch, you will help us recruit and train new volunteers as Water Watch monitors while helping supply current volunteers. This, in turn, will enable us to activate new areas for regular monitoring or re-activate orphaned areas – waters that once were monitored regularly, but now are not due to lack of resources. Your gift will specifically help in the following ways:

  • $300 – Will provide a new water chemistry test kit for a new volunteer monitor while activating a new area or re-activating an orphaned area of the state for monitoring.
  • $100 – Will replenish a water chemistry test kit with supplies while activating or re-activating an area for monitoring.
  • $50 – Will help recruit and train a new AWW volunteer monitor.
  • $25 – Will supply a volunteer with a bacteriological monitoring supplies to begin monitoring a new area or re-activate an orphaned area of the state for monitoring.

How does this help local water watcher monitors and groups?:
The AWW TG Fund can assist any AWW monitor/group in Alabama by providing you with a LaMotte water chemistry test kit, chemical refills for your water chemistry test kit, Coliscan Easygel bacteriological monitoring supplies, or funds for supporting a local AWW water monitoring workshop.

How do I request supplies from the AWW TG Fund?:
AWW will accept applications for TG funds year-round and evaluate on a quarterly basis (June 15, September 15, December 15, March 15), or quicker if possible. You must meet the criteria below to request TG Funds for your local monitoring efforts:

    • To apply, you must meet the following criteria:

      1. Be a certified AWW monitor with up-to-date AWW certification(s)
      2. Be a current member of the Alabama Water Watch Association. To join go to:

      To receive supplies, selected applicants must agree to the following:

      1. To start monitoring an inactive site or establish a new site within 30 days of receiving your monitoring supplies
      2. To commit to monitoring a minimum of two sites for at least nine months of each calendar year
      3. To share your supplies with other certified monitors in your area if the need arises

      To increase the chances that your application is approved, consider:

      1. Including co-applicants (several monitors applying for a shared kit or set of supplies). Co- applicants must also be certified in monitoring methods
      2. Selecting monitoring sites in areas of the state that are not currently monitored
      3. Monitoring three or more sites
  • And submit the application to the AWW Program Office by snail-mail, or by email (, at:

Alabama Water Watch Program Office
Auburn University Water Resources Center
961 S Donahue Dr.
Auburn University, AL 36849

Once we receive an application, the AWW staff will evaluate it quarterly to verify that it meets the above criteria, and then notify you if your application has been approved or not.

Upon approval of an application, the AWW Office will order the water monitoring materials and have them shipped to your address. In the case of a local training, AWW office staff will coordinate with the local individual/group in setting up and conducting the desired workshop.

Thanks to the 164 generous contributors to the AWW TG Project, we are pleased to offer AWW monitors throughout the state assistance in preserving and protecting Alabama’s world-class waters!

3 Replies to “AWW Tiger Giving Project, Protect Alabama Waterways, Mini-grant Program”

  1. Thanks for sending this info! We have just heard from several people who are interested in becoming volunteers or renewing their status.

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