Green Spot

Check back in April 2022 for next year's 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 request to be added to our "Early Bird" email list. 

Ready to go green? Franklin County, Ohio residents can earn up to $50 for your yard by participating in the online course and quiz or attending a live 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. 

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

Am I eligible for a rebate? 

Do you know what your home's tax district is? In Franklin County, your mailing address or school district is often 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. 

2021 Participating Communities


Funding for the program is limited, and the program might close early if rebate funding for your community runs out. 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's Soil and Water Conservation District for available conservation assistance and programs. 

Questions? Many details or eligibility clarification can be answered in the course or on our FAQ page. If you still need assistance, please give us a call at (614) 486-9613 or contact us via email

How do I participate in Community Backyards?

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

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

Take the Online Course and Quiz

The online course will be open: May 1, 2022 - October 1, 2022

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



Attend a Local Workshop

Next workshop dates will be posted in April 2022. 

  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 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.