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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 each year from spring to fall. 

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. Your voucher will list what your tax district is and what rebates you are eligible for (on page 3). Rebate funds are limited and subject to availability. Here's 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 (including tumblers!). The only compost bin they can receive is the discounted SWACO on-the-ground compost bin. Quantity is limited and subject to availability.  As of 9/9/2022, we are SOLD OUT of the SWACO Compost Bins for the rest of the year. We will likely have more next year in 2023. Sorry! To receive notifications for when the program opens next year, please sign up for the Community Backyards email list.


Please note, not all participants will qualify for a rebate. Eligibility is based on your home's tax district which may be different than your mailing address or school district. Rebates are limited to one reimbursement per household per year and will only be provided for eligible AND approved items purchased within the current year of participation from a licensed 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 is officially closed. It will reopen next year on May 1, 2023. Do you want to receive an email when it reopens next year? Sign up for the Community Backyards email list

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