• 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 purpose of this program is to improve stormwater management and benefit aquatic life in five sub-watersheds of Deer Creek (Denny, Monsanto-Sunswept, Pebble, Rock Hill, and Shady Grove Creeks) 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 one of these program focus areas (Program Focus Area 1, Program Focus Area 2) 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.

Applications for Round D are due April 28, 2017. View the program timeline here for additional dates and deadlines.

Rainscaping Cost-Share Program Timeline
Cost-Share Applications Due 11.16.15 5.23.16 11.14.16 4.28.17 11.14.17 4.27.18
Project Notifications Out 1.15.16 7.1.16 1.16.17 6.30.17 1.16.18 6.29.18
Planting Time Spring 2016 Fall 2016 Spring 2017 Fall 2017 Spring 2018 Fall 2018
Project Receipts and Completion Forms Due No later than
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Quality Control/ Ground Truthing/ Completion Forms Processed Within 6 weeks of receipt of Project Completion Forms
Cost-Share Funds Dispersed to Landowners Within 12 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.