Xylem has extended its Partner Community Grants Program to support community-level responses to Covid-19.

The company’s corporate citizenship program, Xylem Watermark, is inviting customers and partners worldwide to nominate non-profit organizations in their communities to receive grant funding for Covid-19 responses.

The Watermark Partner Community Grants Program will accept online nominations from Xylem customers, suppliers and partners, anywhere in its global business network. Grants will be prioritized for non-profits working in communities that are either currently heavily impacted by Covid-19, or are high-risk, low-resource locations.

“Every day, I hear more stories about how our partners have mobilized to make sure water and other essential services continue getting to every hospital and critical care facility, every home and family,” said Joseph Vesey, Xylem chief marketing officer and chair of Xylem Watermark. “This grant fund is a way to partner with them, uniting community water operators and non-profit organizations to provide more help to front-line Covid-19 responses in their communities. And we’ll also match any funds our customers raise, locally, like we do with our own employees.”

Xylem will prioritize initiatives focused on infection mitigation; support and safety for critical services and front line personnel; community sustainability and resilience initiatives; and projects aligned to Watermark priority focus areas including emergency response, water, sanitation and health (WASH), water-related education and youth development programs.

“Xylem recognises the corporate responsibility of giving back to the communities touched by our partnership,” said Thomas Miller, CEO of Midwest-based Xylem partner Electric Pump Inc. “Applying for this funding has been a great opportunity, and now a grant is going to the Food Bank of Iowa to assist in the local response to Covid-19.”

Xylem Watermark is also matching all funds raised by its partners in support of local non-profits fighting Covid-19.

“Teaming up with the Xylem Watermark was an easy decision,” said Doug Ardinger, president and CEO of Cummins-Wagner Co Inc, a Xylem partner. “Watermark’s generosity to match our donations to our selected causes will have a much bigger impact, helping these great organizations.”