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1404 Goodale Boulevard, Suite 100
Columbus, OH 43212
Phone: (614) 486-9613
Fax: (614) 486-9614

Community Backyards Program


The Community Backyards program focuses on stormwater runoff and its detrimental impacts on local water quality, streambank erosion, and localized flooding. Participants learn how to install rain barrels, plant rain gardens, compost at home, and the benefits of native plants and trees.

Our annual rebate program allows residents to implement a conservation method that works best for them and their environment. If you received a rebate last year, you can participate again the following year! Eligibility for the rebate is based on your home's tax district within Franklin County and whether you live in a participating district. Please note, rebates are limited to one per household per year.

Eligible residents can receive up to a $50 reimbursement on the purchase of a rain barrel, compost bin, or native trees and shrubs -OR- up to a $25 reimbursement for native perennials. Rebates submitted must be for one type of item only and cannot be combined. 

There are two ways you can qualify:
  1. Participate in an online course and pass our online quiz. (Open May 1, 2022- September 30, 2022)
    -or-
  2. Register and attend a workshop hosted by water quality professionals where you can gain more in-depth knowledge and ask questions. Register for a workshop here
For more information on participating communities or eligible rebate items, please visit the Community Backyards website. Questions? Email us at communitybackyards@franklinswcd.org or call our office (614) 486-9613.