Rain Gardens

Our Cost-Sharing Programs Protect Your Home and The River

We’ll share the cost to install a rain garden on your property to keep pollution out of the Elizabeth River. Together we’ll make the river cleaner and your yard beautiful. 

What A Rain Garden Will Do

Rain gardens use amended soil and native plants to slow, absorb and filter polluted runoff before it ever reaches the river.

  • Reduce pollution
  • Help prevent algae blooms
  • Prevents standing stormwater and mosquito breeding
  • Attracts butterflies, hummingbirds and other wildlife

What We’ll Do

  • Free site assessment to determine if your site is suitable for a rain garden project 
  • Project Design – $100 cost applied to total cost share after installation
  • Norfolk, Chesapeake, Portsmouth: Cost share 50% of total project costs up to $2,000
  • New! Virginia Beach: Cost share 75% of total project costs up to $3,500
  • Elizabeth River Project staff will provide a long-term maintenance plan for the project

How to Apply

Application Period: Site Visit list is currently full. Please sign up for our waitlist.

Approval Process: Staff will review and respond to all applications after January 1, 2023

Target Installation: Early spring 2023 through early fall 2023. 

My garden is looking great. I’m really happy with all the plants – the selection, the placement. Bravo! On to clean water.

Lynn Gilbert
River Star Home

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Thanks to our partners!

Our Rain Garden cost-sharing program is only made possible through funding generous support from our partners and the hundreds of Elizabeth River Project members and donors.

  • National Fish and Wildlife Foundation – Chesapeake Bay Innovative Nutrient and Sediment Reduction Grant
  • Chesapeake Bay Small Watershed Grant 
  • City of Norfolk
  • City of Chesapeake
  • City of Virginia Beach
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