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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 rainwater runoff and its detrimental impacts on local water quality, streambank erosion, and localized flooding. Participants learn how to install rain barrels and plant rain gardens, along with an introduction to composting at home and the benefits of native plants and trees.

Our rebate program allows the homeowner to implement a conservation method that works best for them and their environment and does renew each year, meaning that if you received a rebate last year, you can participate again the following year. Eligibility for the rebate is based on your tax district within Franklin County and whether you live in a participating district. Please note, rebates are one per eligible 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 only. Rebate 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- October 1, 2022)
  2. Register and attend a workshop hosted by water quality professionals where you can gain more in-depth knowledge and ask questions. Upcoming workshops for 2022 are TBD!  Check in the spring for details. 

Please note, participation is open annually and has closed for 2021. Participation will reopen on May 1, 2022. 

For more information on participating communities or eligible rebate items, please visit the Community Backyards website.  Questions?  Email the Program Coordinator, Mikaela Mohr, or call our office (614) 486-9613.