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RainScapes Rewards Rebates

 

The RainScapes Rewards Rebate Program offers rebates to property owners who install RainScapes techniques such as rain gardens, rain barrels, conservation landscaping and other approved projects that help control stormwater. This program is open to properties in Montgomery County outside the municipalities of Rockville, Gaithersburg, and Takoma Park. The RainScapes Program is funded by the County's Water Quality Protection Charge.

 

How Much of a Rebate am I Eligible For?
Property Type Maximum Rebate (per parcel)
Residential Property $2,500
Commercial, HOAs, multi-family, or institutional property $10,000

 

 

Am I Eligible for a Rebate?

  • Do you live in Montgomery County, MD outside the municipalities of Rockville, Gaithersburg and Takoma Park? (Those municipalities have their own programs) 

  • Have you reached the lifetime maximum rebate for your parcel? Each parcel can receive multiple rebates for different projects until the lifetime rebate maximum is reached (View chart above).

  • Has your project been pre-approved by the RainScapes program? (Except rain barrels)

You are eligible if you live in the County, have property owner permission and have not reached the lifetime limit on the rebates allowed on your parcel.

 

Apply Now!

 

Restrictions for RainScapes Rewards Rebates

  • Funds are awarded on a first-come-first-serve basis beginning on the first day of the fiscal year which begins on July 1st.

  • Projects that fulfill permit approval requirements for stormwater permits are not eligible

  • Pre-approval is required before installation of all projects, with the exception of rain barrels

  • Project completion is expected within 6 months of approval date.

  • A property owner agreement (POA) acknowledging receipt of public money spent on private property must be signed and submitted. (DEP will provide the document when you apply.)

  • A rebate is issued after the project passes a final inspection.

  • The rebated amount is based on project caps and cannot exceed the receipts submitted and all receipts and signed POA are returned to DEP.

If you are not sure if you meet these criteria, contact RainScapes at rainscapes@montgomerycountymd.gov

 

 

Testimonials About the RainScapes Program


 

 

 

 

“I had rainwater runoff issues and was looking all over for solutions. The incentive from the RainScapes program made it a real winner. It was also a winner because it helps the stream, the Bay and the environment, but the real driver was that it helped me with the runoff problem.”

 

 

Image of a rain barrel system
Image of a rain garden.

 

 

 

“I have a drainage problem in my back yard and a friend mentioned that the county website had information. I went online and found the RainScapes program. When I started, I did not even know about the incentive.”

 

 

 

 

 

“It defrays the cost of a project I wanted to do anyway.”

Image of a green roof

 

Tree Canopy

 

 

 

 

 

“I wanted to put in indigenous trees to enhance my yard, but I did not know what to look for on my own. The RainScapes program really helped.”

 

 

 

“I had an erosion problem. If you hire a commercial outfit to help, they just sell you their stuff. The County is impartial—they gave me the information I needed”

Image of a bioretention area with DEP staff

 

 

 

 

Residential RainScapes Rebates by Technique
$2,500 lifetime maximum rebate per parcel
 

RainScapes Technique

Project Cap and Resources 

Canopy Trees

Conservation Landscaping

Dry Wells

Green Roofs

Pavement Removal

Permeable Pavement and Porous Concrete

Rain Gardens

Water Harvesting: Cisterns

Water Harvesting: Rain Barrels

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Commercial RainScapes Rebates by Technique
$10,000 lifetime maximum rebate per parcel
 

RainScapes Technique

Project Cap and Resources 

Canopy Trees

Conservation Landscaping

Dry Wells

Green Roofs

Pavement Removal

Permeable Pavement and Porous Concrete

  • $4.00 a square foot or $5,000, whichever is greater

Rain Gardens

  • $5.00-$9.00 a square foot or $2,500, whichever is greater

Water Harvesting: Cisterns

Water Harvesting: Rain Barrels

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How to Apply

 

Image of a RainScape sign.Before any work has begun an application has to be submitted for the RainScape Rewards Rebate you’ve picked for your property. The online application is a quick process and begins with you entering your name, address and tax ID number. The tax ID number is how we track the RainScapes rebates that your property has received.

After the application is submitted you can expect a response email detailing the next steps within 1-2 weeks depending on the season. For more information please refer to our “How to Apply for a Rebate” fact sheet (PDF, 238KB) that details all of the steps of the rebate process.

Once the project is complete, and passes a final inspection, you can expect a check in the mail within 4-6 weeks. Please keep in mind that this is not a tax credit but an actual check.

After RainScapes project are completed, most of them are eligible as credits off the annual Water Quality Protection Charge.  This is on top of the RainScapes rebate! 

 

Apply Now!

 

Outreach

As part of the rebate agreement, the applicant may be asked to participate in public outreach activities associated with the RainScapes project, including allowing DEP to place signage, take and use photos, and completing a follow-up evaluation. This requirement is noted on each application. "In the ground" projects are great examples for others who may be considering a RainScapes on their property, and help to build a network of community members with project experience.

Image of four people planning a RainScape project.

Project Tours

Each application includes a question about voluntary participation in tours of the RainScapes projects conducted by DEP. Project tours will help DEP educate others about the benefits and beauty of these projects, and we ask that RainScapes Program project participants agree to allow reasonable access to the project site for periodic tours organized by the County. The County will provide notice of at least five (5) business days before undertaking any project tour. A County employee will be present at all times during the tours and tour participants will be required to execute a waiver releasing the property owner from any liability for damages or injuries resulting from the tours.