A rain garden in a front yard

Apply for Raleigh Rainwater Rewards

Capture and recycle stormwater runoff that comes from your property

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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.

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

Are you interested in learning more or requesting a consultation? Fill out this form

Project Types

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


Get Started

When you start a project: 

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

Email or call us at 919-996-3940 to get the application. Also, take a look at these common questions

Your Reimbursement

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

This is a backyard rain garden that collects stormwater runoff from the property's roof and sidewalk when it rains. The plants and soil in the garden help protect Walnut Creek from water pollution.

This type of pavement on a driveway allows stormwater runoff to soak into the ground when it rains protecting Pigeon House Branch from pollution. It captures about 1,600 gallons of water during a storm.

Can you believe it – this used to be a tennis court! Participants for this project removed pavement from their neighborhood tennis court and replaced it with green space that can be used for a variety of outdoor activities.

One of six cisterns at the Longleaf Hotel in downtown Raleigh that collects rainwater that would normally flow to a stream called Pigeon House Branch. The cistern helps conserve water when it is collected and used for landscaping at the hotel.

This green roof at Raleigh Union Station collects rain before it falls to the ground or evaporates into the air. This type of planted roof helps reduce pollution to a stream called Rocky Branch.

Projects in Raleigh

See the different projects that have been done through the program so far across the city. 



Justin Harcum
Project Manager

Lead Department:
Engineering Services
Service Categories:
StormwaterClimate Action



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