How it Works Request a Consultation Choose a Project Requirements Program Process
Do you want to help protect the environment and get paid to do it? You can right from your home or business! This program provides funding for projects that help preserve Walnut Creek and Crabtree Creek in Raleigh.
This program is part of Raleigh’s Sustainable Business Toolkit, a collection of programs designed to help businesses and other organizations save money and help reach the goals in the city’s Community Climate Action Plan.
How it Works
We'll work with you to:
- Choose a project that's right for your property;
- Make sure the project goes smoothly; and,
- Reimburse you once construction is complete and you've met all requirements.
See if You're Eligible and How Much You'll Save
We cover up to 90 percent of the cost for a project. Enter your address on this map to see how much you would be reimbursed and learn about other projects nearby.
Blue Area = 75 percent reimbursement
Pink Area = 90 percent reimbursement
Request a Consultation
Are you interested in learning more? Complete our Rainwater Rewards Consultation Request Form. A consultation is required to move forward with a project.
See the full process for more information.
Choose a Project
There are several different projects you can choose from for this program. We'll help you figure out what is the best one for your property.
Features like rain gardens mimic nature and absorb pollution from impervious surfaces, like driveways and roofs. This reduces the amount of water pollution reaching storm drains and streams.
|Cistern||Pavement removal||Tree well|
|Disconnecting downspout||Permeable pavement||Man-made wetland|
|Green roof||Rain garden/Bioretention area|
Here is what's required to complete a Rainwater Rewards project:
- Live in the City of Raleigh and pay the stormwater fee*;
- Cannot do a project to meet regulatory requirements or for utility fee credits;
- Final design must be approved by staff;
- Share regular construction updates with staff;
- Agree to a 5- or 10-year maintenance agreement; and,
- Turn in a report that provides an update on your project each year.
* You may see a lower utility fee based on how much impervious surface is treated from your property.
Start Your Project!
Here's what you need to do to complete a project. This process can take several months. The timeline varies based on the project type, location, and approvals.
All of these steps are required to complete a project.
|1. Request a consultation||Complete this online form to request a consultation with staff. We will meet with you to get a better idea of what project is a good fit for your property. We'll also talk with you about next steps to get a project started. Please double check that you meet program requirements. After the consultation, submit your application provided to you by staff.|
|2. Get approval||City staff, the Stormwater Management Advisory Commission, and Raleigh City Council approve projects. The timeline for approval depends on project cost. City staff approves smaller projects. The Commission and City Council approve larger projects.|
|3. Work with your contractor||
You are responsible for working with a contractor to install your project. We'll inspect your project during design and construction to ensure that you continue to qualify for reimbursement.
|4. Keep your documents||You will need to provide the total amount for reimbursement along with invoices and receipts for the project. This will help us streamline the reimbursement process. Please email this information to RainwaterRewards@raleighnc.gov.|
|5. Get Reimbursed||You may receive 75 or 90 percent reimbursement for your project once it is complete! High-priority areas with a lot of water pollution receive 90 percent reimbursement. Use this map to see how much you would receive. We'll mail you a check within two weeks after the final site visit for your project.|
Post-Project Annual Maintenance
After the project is completed, you are required to submit an Annual Maintenance Report to verify the continued and proper functioning of your stormwater project. The online form should be completed each year following the project’s completes date through the agreed-upon five (5) or 10-year maintenance term.
Take a look at these common questions to learn more about participating in the program.