Green Spot

Community Backyards Online Course and Quiz opened on May 1, 2021.
Virtual Classes have been scheduled and registration is open. Details below!

Ready to go green? Earn up to $50 for your yard by participating in the online course and quiz or attending a virtual workshop on Zoom. After participation you will receive your program voucher with details on your eligible rebate items. Due to the amount of participation, vouchers are offered on a first-come, first-served basis but do expire within 60 days! Only one voucher will be approved per eligible household per year. 

Community Backyards participants will automatically be enrolled to be a GreenSpot after receiving their voucher. Becoming a GreenSpot is a requirement of the program. Why? Well, it's easy! By implementing one of the backyard conservation rebate practices, you're already working on going green. And funding for the program is provided by the City of Columbus and participating communities. Without their support, funds would not be available for rebates.

2021 Participating Communities

Not sure which community you fall under? We verify addresses online through The Franklin County Auditor and determine eligibility by your primary tax district. *Please note, your primary tax district may be different than your postal/mailing municipality or school district.*


Eligible for one rebate on ONE of the following: $50 Rain Barrel, Compost Bin, or Native Trees/Shrubs -OR- $25 Native Perennials

Rebates are limited to ONE rebate per household per year.
Rebate submitted must be for ONE type of item only and cannot be combined.

*City of Columbus Residents: If you live in the City of Columbus, we are not issuing any more Columbus Compost Bin vouchers for 2021 due to limited funding. However, you will still receive a voucher for $50 Rain Barrel, Native Trees/Shrubs, OR $25 Native Perennials. 

**City of Dublin Residents:
 If you live in the City of Dublin, we are not issuing any more vouchers for your community due to limited funding. 

Funding for the program is limited and the program may close early if all rebates are used for your community. Not within a participating community listed above but still in Franklin County? You are eligible for a rebate on a rain barrel or compost bin. If you live outside Franklin County, please contact your local county Soil and Water office for available conservation assistance and offerings.

Questions? Many program details or eligibility clarification can be answered on our FAQ page. If that doesn't help, give us a call at (614) 486-9613 or contact us through email!

Ready to participate in Community Backyards?

Remember, Community Backyards offers one voucher per household per year, not per person.
Duplicate addresses will not qualify.

Take the Online Course and Quiz

(Opens May 1, 2021)

  1. Fill out the online course page with your most up to date information including home address, phone number and an email address that you check regulary.
  2. Watch an online presentation with a focus on residential use of rain barrels, rain gardens, composting, native plants and lawn care.
  3. After the presentation, take the short quiz on what you've learned. Don't forget to hit submit!  Pass the quiz and your information is sent to our team at Franklin Soil and Water.
  4. We manually verify your eligibility and send you a voucher with eligible rebate items and instructions within 1-2 weeks.
  5. Follow the instructions on your voucher for how to redeem your rebate & receive your reimbursement.



Register for a Local Class

(For the health and safety of our communities, all classes will be virtual for 2021)

  1. The Community Backyards workshops are free for any to attend, and offer information, interaction, and answers to your questions. 
  2. Register online through the link below or call our office at (614) 486-9613.
  3. We will manually verify your eligibility and contact you to confirm registration and provide the Zoom meeting link and information.
  4. Attend the class for the entire duration of about an hour and a half. After the class, we will send you a voucher with eligible rebate items and instructions. 
  5. Follow the instructions on your voucher for how to redeem your rebate & receive your reimbursement.

Register Online