Green Spot

Rain Garden Rebate

2023 applications will be accepted beginning on April 24, 2023

Open April 24, 2023 - October 1, 2023 


Rain garden with a stone wall

Rain garden rebates are available for only certain communities and require extra steps than a regular Community Backyards rebate! If you get a rain garden rebate, you have used your one Community Backyards rebate for the year, and cannot get anything else within the same year. 

You can receive a rebate of $250 for installing a rain garden! Eligibility for rain garden rebates requires that the property be located within a participating location, and the garden be completed the current year of application submittal. As of 2023, participating communities include: Cities of Columbus, Gahanna, New Albany, Westerville*, Reynoldsburg, Hilliard, Grove City, and the Village of Obetz. Franklin County's unincorporated townships are also included: Townships of Blendon, Brown, Clinton, Franklin, Hamilton, Jackson, Jefferson, Madison, Mifflin, Norwich, Perry, Plain, Pleasant, Prairie, Sharon, Truro, and Washington. 

Eligible and interested? Rain garden rebate candidates must fill out an online application AND participate in Community Backyards via the online course or attend an in-person workshop prior to installation. As part of the application process, you are asked to work with Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District to help with sizing, location, and planting options. This assistance is available throughout the process of rain garden planning in a remote or on site manner.

Receipts can be submitted after the rain garden is installed for a rebate. Items eligible for a rebate include: plants, mulch, compost, and drainage hardware for a rain garden on your property. Once the rain garden is properly documented, you should receive your reimbursement for the actual documented costs or $250.00, whichever is less.

Rain garden questions? Please contact Franklin Soil and Water's rain garden expert, Madison, at mwisniewski@franklinswcd.org, or call the office at (614) 486-9613, open Monday-Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm. 

$250 rain garden rebates are available only in the following tax districts: Cities of Columbus, Gahanna, New Albany, Westerville*, Reynoldsburg, Hilliard, Grove City, the Village of Obetz, and Franklin County Townships (Blendon, Brown, Clinton, Franklin, Hamilton, Jackson, Jefferson, Madison, Mifflin, Norwich, Perry, Plain, Pleasant, Prairie, Sharon, Truro, and Washington). 

Please note, any Cities of Columbus, Reynoldsburg, Westerville, and Franklin County Township rain garden requests will be placed on a waiting list due to reaching the maximum amount of applications. To be added to the waitlist, please email Madison Wisniewski at mwisniewski@franklinswcd.org