Green Spot


Conservation Rebate Program

Welcome to Community Backyards! Together with our partners, Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District promotes stormwater education within Franklin County, Ohio. Our goal is to protect water quality by reducing stormwater runoff. Keeping rain where it falls and using it as a resource keeps our waterways healthy and safe. We encourage the use of rain barrels and rain gardens, while introducing residents to backyard conservation practices including composting, native plants and trees, and responsible lawn care. Watch our video and keep reading to learn more. 

What's the Deal?

Community Backyards offers one rebate per household per year for the purchase of an approved backyard conservation item to residents in participating communities. Participate in the online course or attend a workshop. After you participate and we verify that you are eligible (i.e. live in Franklin County, Ohio), you will receive a voucher with instructions on how to redeem your rebate. Participation is open annually from May to September. 

Rebates Available

Your home's tax district determines what rebates you can receive. Ultimately, your local municipality decides how many rebates are available for their residents and what rebates residents can receive. We have no control over what rebates are eligible in each tax district - it is all up to your local city! In Central Ohio, sometimes your tax district can be different than your mailing address or school district. Because of this, we will verify your tax district via the Franklin County Auditor after you participate - which you can do too if you want to learn more about your property and local taxes! Your voucher will list what your tax district is and what rebates you can receive. Rebate funds are limited and subject to availability by community. Here is what you are eligible for based on where you live in 2022: 

Tax District

Rain Barrel

Native Trees & Shrubs

Native Perennials

Compost Bin*

Columbus

$50 Rebate

$50 Rebate

$25 Rebate

Purchase a special SWACO On-the-Ground Compost Bin for $30 (value $100+)

Bexley, Canal Winchester, Dublin, 

Gahanna, Grandview, 

Grove City, Hilliard, 

Reynoldsburg, Upper Arlington, Westerville, Worthington, and Franklin County Townships 

$50 Rebate

$50 Rebate 

$25 Rebate

Purchase a special SWACO On-the-Ground Compost Bin for $30 (value $100+) 


- OR - 


$50 Rebate 

Obetz

$50 Rebate

$50 Rebate

$50 Rebate

Purchase a special SWACO On-the-Ground Compost Bin for $30 (value $100+) 

- OR - 

$50 Rebate 

New Albany

$50 Rebate

$50 Rebate Shrubs - OR -

$100 Rebate Trees 

$50 Rebate

Purchase a special SWACO On-the-Ground Compost Bin for $30 (value $100+) 

- OR - 

$50 Rebate 

*City of Columbus residents are NOT ELIGIBLE for a $50 Compost Bin Rebate on Tumblers, On-the-Ground Compost Bins, or Worm Bins. The only compost bin rebate City of Columbus residents are eligible for is the $30 SWACO Compost Bin, which are completely sold out for 2022. Sorry! Please participate again in 2023 for another chance at the SWACO Compost Bin rebate. 

Please note, not all participants will qualify for a rebate. Eligibility for a rebate is based on your home's primary tax district - which can be different than your mailing address or school district! Your home's tax district ultimately decides what rebates their residents are eligible for and how many rebates are available every year. ALL REBATE FUNDING IS LIMITED AND SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY BY COMMUNITY. Rebates are limited to one rebate per household per year and will only be provided for eligible rebate item purchased within the current year of participation from a legitimate retailer and as long as funds are available for your community.

Questions? Call our office at (614) 486-9613 or email us at communitybackyards@franklinswcd.org


How Do I Participate?

Take the online course or attend a workshop! You will learn how to be the solution to stormwater pollution beginning right in your own backyard with rain barrels, rain gardens, native plants, and composting. 

The 2022 program has closed for the season so that we can wrap up this year and prepare for next year! All rebate applications for 2022 must be received by 11/15/22. The program will reopen for 2023 on May 1, 2023.

Do you want to receive email updates when it opens next year? Sign up for the Community Backyards email list! 
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