• Incorporate rainscaping in YOUR yard
  • Replace lawn
  • Harvest your rainfall
  • Add a rain garden
  • Restore wooded areas
  • Install permeable pavers
  • Plant lawn alternatives

Rainscaping Cost-Share Program


*The deadline for Round E of the Rainscaping Cost-Share Program has been extended! Applications must be received by Wednesday, January 31, 2018. Project notifications for applications received after original due date will be sent out on a rolling basis.

The purpose of this program is to improve stormwater management and benefit aquatic life in Deer Creek and its tributaries by installing landscaping that helps capture rain where it falls, instead of allowing water to run off-site.

Rainscaping is any combination of plantings, water features, catch basins, permeable pavement, and other activities that manage stormwater as close as possible to where it falls, rather than moving it someplace else.

Rainscaping can also be employed to solve a drainage problem, increase aesthetic appeal, improve property values, and/or attract birds and butterflies, in addition to other benefits. Rainscaping practices can include features such as rain gardens, bioswales, trees and shrubs, green roofs, etc. to slow down, soak up and reuse rainwater before it carries pollutants to a local stream.

Each landowner with property located in the Deer Creek Watershed is eligible to receive a rebate of 75% of approved and documented costs up to a maximum of $4,500 for project design, implementation, and/or maintenance costs. Landowners including residential, institutional and commercial are eligible to participate.

Note: The application deadline for Round E has now been extended to January 31, 2018.

Rainscaping Cost-Share Program Timeline
  Round A Round B Round C Round D Round E
Applications Due 11.16.15 5.23.16 11.14.16 4.28.17 11.14.17
Notifications Out 1.15.16 7.1.16 1.16.17 6.30.17 1.16.18
Planting Time Spring 2016 Fall 2016 Spring 2017 Fall 2017 Spring 2018
Receipts and Completion Forms Due No later than 6.15.16 No later than 10.7.16 No later than 6.16.17 No later than 10.10.17 No later than 6.15.18
Cost-Share Funds Dispersed to Landowners Within 12 weeks of receipt of Project Completion Forms
Quality Control/ Ground Truthing/ Completion Forms Processed Within 6 weeks of receipt of
Project Completion Forms

View award information from past rounds.

For more information about how to incorporate rainscaping in your yard, visit the Missouri Botanical Garden's online Rainscaping Guide.

The Rainscaping Cost-share program is funded by Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District, Mabel Dorn Reeder Foundation, and US EPA Region 7 through the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (subgrant number G14-NPS-04), under Section 319 of the Clean Water Act.