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The RainScapes Rewards Rebate Program offers financial incentives in the form of rebates to property owners who install RainScapes techniques. The RainScapes Program is funded by the County’s Water Quality Protection Charge.Eligible maximum rebates depend on project costs and type.
Commercial, multi-family, or institutional property
To participate, your property must be located in Montgomery County, outside of the municipal limits of the City of Rockville, City of Takoma Park, or City of Gaithersburg. Projects are not eligible if they are associated with permit approval requirements for new building construction, additions, or renovations. Residents of Gaithersburg can participate in the Gaithersburg RainScapes Program. Residents of the City of Rockville can participate in the Rockville RainScapes Program.
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$$200/tree; # trees determined by space on parcel. Must shade or cover impervious area
$$200/tree ; # trees determined by space on parcel. Must shade or cover impervious area
Conservation Landscaping - Replacement of turf or invasive species
$3.50 / square feet of turf or invasives removed 250 SF minimum
$3.50 / square feet of turf or invasives removed 350 sf minimum
$1.00 per gal ; $600 maximum
$1.00 per gal ; $600 maximum
$10/square foot, 250 square feet minimum
$10/square foot, 300 square feet minimum
Permeable Pavers and Porous Concrete
$4/square feet or $1200, whichever is greater; 100 square feet minimum
$4/square feet or $5000, whichever is greater; 100 square feet minimum
$4/square foot or $2/square foot; rebate amount varies depending on replacement project type (turf is lower); 100 square feet minimum
$4/square foot or $2/square foot; rebate amount varies depending on replacement project type (turf is lower); 300 square feet minimum
Based on square foot of ponding area and soil replacement (media)depth:1’ of media: $5/ square foot2’ of media: $7/square foot3’ of media; $9/square footor $1200/ rain garden, whichever is greater – see RS design manual for sizing charts
Based on square foot of ponding area and soil replacement (media)depth:1’ of media: $5/ square foot2’ of media: $7/square foot3’ of media; $9/square footor $2500/ rain garden, whichever is greater – see RS design manual for sizing charts
$1/Gallon (minimum 250 gallons, up to 500 gallons)
$1/Gallon (minimum 250 gallons, up to 2000 gallons)
Water Harvesting:Rain Barrels
$250 (must capture 200 gallons if single family home; 100 if Townhome); $1/gallon
$250 (must capture 200 gallons); $1/gallon
As part of the rebate agreement, the applicant must agree 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.
Project ToursEach 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.