RainScape Rebates Program

The RainScape Rebates program application deadline has passed, and no additional applications will be accepted. Thank you for your interest and participation. Project notifications were distributed on Friday, April 18, 2014.

Landowners in participating municipalities are eligible to take part in a RainScape Rebates program. RainScape Rebates is a voluntary program that financially assists landowners in the Deer Creek Watershed wishing to landscape their yards to improve stormwater management. Seventy-five percent of the funds will be reserved for residential landowners; the remaining 25 percent will be available for schools, churches, businesses, and parks. The maximum rebate per site is 75 percent of documented expenses up to $2,000.

Participating municipalities are:

  • Brentwood
  • Clayton
  • Creve Coeur
  • Crystal Lake Park
  • Des Peres
  • Frontenac
  • Glendale
  • Huntleigh
  • Kirkwood
  • Ladue
  • Maplewood
  • Olivette
  • Richmond Heights
  • Rock Hill
  • Shrewsbury
  • Town & Country
  • University City
  • Warson Woods
  • Webster Groves
  • Westwood
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The purpose of the program is to improve water quality 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 can also be employed to help solve a drainage problem, increase aesthetic appeal, improve property values, attract birds and butterflies, and more. Landowners may select from a variety of RainScaping options, including planting a rain garden, installing a rain barrel, amending soil, and/or replacing lawn grass with trees, shrubs, and low-maintenance ground cover.

Applications were due March 21, 2014. No additional applications will be accepted. Due to limited funds, qualified applications will be competitively scored. Applicants awarded rebates were notified of funding by April 18, 2014.

See details about awarded proposals from the first, second, and third rounds of funding.

RainScape Rebates Timeline
  Round One Round Two Round Three
Applications Available 1.7.13 5.15.13 11.15.13
Contractor and Landowner Workshops Feb 2013 May/June 2013 Dec 2013/
Jan 2014
Rebate Applications Due 3.1.13 7.15.13 3.21.14
Project Notifications Out 3.18.13 8.15.13 4.18.14
Planting Time Spring/Fall Fall/Spring Spring/Fall
Project Receipts and Completion Forms Due No later than
No later than
No later than
Quality Control/ Ground Truthing/ Completion Forms Processed Within 6 weeks of receipt of
Project Completion Forms
Rebate Funds Dispersed to Landowners Within 12 weeks of receipt of
Project Completion Forms

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

The RainScape Rebates program is funded by Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District, Mabel Dorn Reeder Foundation, Great Rivers Greenway, Missouri Department of Conservation, participating municipalities, and US EPA Region 7 through the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (subgrant number G11-NPS-15), under Section 319 of the Clean Water Act.
Deer Creek Watershed Alliance Missouri Botanical Garden