Green Spot

What is Community Backyards?

Community Backyards is an educational rebate program that was created to educate Franklin County, Ohio residents about backyard conservation to help reduce stormwater runoff and pollution. Residents can earn up to $50 for your yard by partcipating in the online course and quiz or attending an in-person workshop. After participation, you will receive a voucher with details on your eligible rebate items and how to redeem your rebate. Due to the amount of participation, vouchers are offered on a first-come, first-served basis and expire within 30 days. Vouchers are limited to one voucher per household per year to ensure we can reach as many households as possible! Funding for the program is limited, and the program might close early if rebate funding for your community runs out. 

Community Backyards participants will automatically be enrolled to be a City of Columbus GreenSpot after receiving their voucher. Why? By implementing one of the backyard conservation rebate practices, you're already working on going green anyway! Additionally, funding for the program is provided by the City of Columbus and our other participating communities. Without their support, funds would not be available for rebates. Visit GreenSpot to learn more about sustainability and how you can be more green. 

Who is eligible for a rebate? 

Residents who live in the following tax districts are eligible for a rebate. Do you know what your residence's primary tax district is? In Franklin County, your mailing address or school district is sometimes different from your tax district! Because of this, we verify every single participant's primary tax district via the Franklin County Auditor. Please see the list of participating communities below. 

2022 Participating Communities


Not within a participating community listed above but still in Franklin County? You are eligible for a rebate on a rain barrel. If you live outside Franklin County, please contact your local county's Soil and Water Conservation District for available conservation assistance and programs. 

Questions? Check out our FAQ page for answers to commonly asked questions. If you still need assistance, please contact us via email or give us a call at (614) 486-9613. 


How do I participate in Community Backyards?

Participate via one of two ways: take the online course or attend a workshop. 

Take the Online Course and Quiz

  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 2-3 weeks.
  5. Follow the instructions on your voucher for how to redeem your rebate & receive your reimbursement. 

Take the online course here! 




Attend a Local Workshop

  1. The Community Backyards workshops are free for any to attend, and offer information, interaction, and answers to your questions. 
  2. Please register online in advance through the registration links below or call our office at (614) 486-9613. 
  3. We will manually verify your eligibility and contact you to confirm your registration and meeting information. 
  4. Attend the class for the entire duration of about an hour and a half. After the class, you will receive 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 for a workshop below! 

If you need accomodations to complete the course, please reach out to us via phone (614) 486-9613 or via email

Workshop Registration

Attend a live, in-person class to receive your rebate voucher. At the workshop, you will learn about different actions you can take to improve water quality like installing rain barrels and rain gardens, planting native plants, using proper lawn care techniques, and composting to improve soil conditions. The workshops cover the same content as the online course but allow for more in-depth instruction and discussion with local sustainability and watershed professionals and volunteers. 

Remember, only one voucher will be provided per household per year. If you are bringing a guest with a different address than your own address, they will have to register separately in order to receive a voucher the day of the workshop! 

    WorkshopLocationDate & TimeRegistration Link
    New Albany/Gahanna Joint WorkshopColumbus Metropolitan Library 
    New Albany Branch
    200 Market Street
    New Albany, OH 43054
    Wednesday August 10 

    Workshops that have already happened in 2022: Bexley; Canal Winchester; Dublin; Hilliard; Grove City; Westerville; Worthington; and Columbus East, Hilltop, Linden, South, Audubon, and Whetstone. 

      Questions? Email us at or call our office at (614) 486-9613.