HERSHEY, Pa. — Pennsylvania American Water has announced that six watershed initiatives across the state have earned financial support through the company’s 2014 Environmental Grant Program, according to a press release.

The recipients will receive a share of grant funds totaling nearly $35,000 for their community-based projects that improve, restore or protect watersheds, the release reported.

A panel of judges selected the winners from approximately 30 grant applications, which were evaluated on such criteria as environmental need, innovation, community engagement and sustainability, noted the release.

According to the release, Pennsylvania American Water awarded its 2014 Environmental Grants to the Abington Area Joint Recreation Board (Lackawanna County), Brandywine Valley Association (Chester County), Western Pennsylvania Conservancy (Washington County), Londonderry Township (Dauphin County), Pennsylvania Resources Council (Allegheny County) and Plains Township (Luzerne County).

“This year’s grant recipients are making a real difference in their communities, and we are excited to partner with them to turn their plans into a reality,” said Kathy L. Pape, president, Pennsylvania American Water.