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 reduce stormwater runoff. Keeping rain where it falls and using it as a resource keeps our watersheds healthy and safe. We promote 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, you will receive a voucher with instructions on how to redeem your rebate. Participation is open seasonally each year from spring to fall. Check back in April 2022 for upcoming program details and workshop dates.

Are you an "Early Bird" and want to receive a reminder email (just one!) when the online course opens in 2022? Contact us and let us know you want to join the "Early Bird" list. 


Rebates Available

Your home's tax district determines what rebates you can receive. Please note, your tax district can be different than your mailing address or school district! After you participate, we will verify your tax district via the Franklin County Auditor. Your voucher will list what your tax district is and what rebates you are eligible for. Rebate funds are limited and subject to availability. 

Residents of participating communities can receive one of the following per year: 

  • $50 reimbursement for a rain barrel
  • $50 reimbursement for native trees and shrubs
  • $25 reimbursement for native perennials
  • A compost bin. Stay tuned for more details on our compost bin offering for 2022.

Residents who do not live in a participating community but live within Franklin County can receive one of the following per year:

  • $50 reimbursement for a rain barrel
  • A compost bin. Stay tuned for more details on our compost bin offering for 2022. 


How Do I Participate?

Take the online course or attend a workshop 

Please note, not all participants will qualify. 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 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 Mikaela Mohr, Program Coordinator, at mmohr@franklinswcd.org

Greenspot Rain Barrel Project Conservation