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.
Am I Eligible for a Rebate?
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.
Restrictions for RainScapes Rewards Rebates
If you are not sure if you meet these criteria, contact RainScapes at firstname.lastname@example.org
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RainScapes Rewards Rebates may be considered income under federal tax law.
You should consult with your tax advisor regarding potential tax consequences of receiving a RainScapes Rewards Rebate
How to Apply
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!
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.
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.