A metal cistern connected to the side of the Longleaf Hotel in downtown Raleigh

Apply for Raleigh Rainwater Rewards

Capture and recycle stormwater runoff that comes from your property

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Project Types Process Requirements Reimbursement Common Questions

This program provides funding for projects that capture and clean rainwater before it goes into storm drains and local waterways. You can receive up to 90 percent reimbursement for a project.

Project Types

These projects are good for the environment because they mimic nature and absorb water pollution from impervious surfaces, like roofs and driveways. 

Cistern Pavement removal Tree well
Disconnecting downspout Permeable pavement Man-made wetland
Green roof Rain garden/Bioretention area  


When you start a project: 

  1. Request a consultation
  2. Submit an application;
  3. Get approval
  4. Work with your contractor on the project; 
  5. Save invoices and receipts; and,
  6. Get reimbursed. 

Email or call us at 919-996-3940 to get the application. 


Program Requirements    
You must live in the City of Raleigh and pay the stormwater utility fee* Final design must be approved by staff Agree to a 5- or 10-year maintenance agreement

Cannot be used for regulated stormwater requirements or utility fee credits 

You must share regular construction updates with staff Turn in annual reports for your project

 *You may see a lower utility fee based on how much impervious surface is treated or removed from your property.

Learn more about how we prioritize projects


Depending on your location, you may receive 75 to 90 percent reimbursement for your project once it is complete. High-priority areas with a lot of water pollution receive 90 percent reimbursement.

Find out how much you can save

Common Questions

Do you have more questions? Look at common questions that we get from applicants



Justin Harcum
Project Manager

Lead Department:
Engineering Services
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