Sustainable Landscapes. Energy Conservation. Community
The Conservation Assistance Program (CAP) provides incentives for
Fairfax County community associations to create more sustainable
landscapes and energy efficient buildings. Get your civic, homeowners
or condo association involved with this new program!
Energy Audit. Have a certified energy auditor
perform an assessment and report on civic/homeowner association
building(s). 50% match up to $750.
Energy Efficiency Projects. Upgrade your
community’s energy efficiency practices. Total match up to $5000.
Air Sealing and Insulation: Maintain an airtight building
envelope. (Don’t heat the outdoors in the winter.)
HVAC and Duct Sealing: Fix leaking ducts. (Don’t let
conditioned air escape from ducts to an attic.)
Lighting: Keeping a community well-lit doesn’t have to be an
Appliances: Replace appliance dinosaurs.
Others as recommended in an energy audit. For more information about
the building science approach, see: http://vaenergystar.com/northern-virginia/
How to Apply: Energy Projects
For energy conservation projects, there is a one step
application process, where all supporting documentation is submitted
together. Prior to submitting the application, NVSWCD recommends that
community members begin by contacting us to express interest and ask
any questions. Then, the community will form a project team, gain
official organizational approval and reach out to contractors.
2016-2017 Energy Project Application Deadlines
June 15, 2016 for Summer/Fall Installation
September 5, 2016 for Fall Installation
February 15, 2017 for Spring 2017 Installation
BayScaping. Incorporate native trees and
shrubs, meadow or wetland plants into your landscape. Typical cost:
$5-15 per square foot. Minimum size: 150 square feet. 50% match up to
Rain Gardens. Bowl-shaped garden area that collects
and absorbs runoff. Typical cost: $10-25 per square foot. Minimum
size: 150 square feet. 50% match up to $3000.
Vegetated Swales. A wide, shallow ditch with
amended soil and dense vegetation or grass designed to slow and
absorb rainwater runoff and/or filter pollutants. Typical cost: $5-25
per square foot. Minimum size: 150 square feet. 50% match up to
Infiltration Trench/Dry Well. A gravel-filled area
that collects and absorbs runoff. Typical cost: $5-15 per square
foot. Minimum size: 100 square feet surface area or 300 cubic feet
volume. 50% match up to $3000.
Porous Pavement/Pavers. Replace impervious hard
surfaces to allow water to pass through and absorbs into the ground
below. Must be installed by certified professional. Typical cost:
$10-35 per square foot. Minimum size: 300 square feet. 50% match up
How to Apply: Watershed Projects
For watershed projects, there is a two step application
process. Step One: The community will submit a site visit
request. NVSWCD staff will visit your community and provide written
recommendations. Step Two: Based on the site visit
recommendations, the community will submit a final application with a
budget and contractor bid or pricing schedule. If selected,
communities will sign a participant agreement, move forward with
project installation, and submit a reimbursement request upon project
2016-2017 Site Visit Request Deadlines
Accepting site visit requests on a rolling basis through July 11,
2016 for fall installation. We currently have a backlog of
approximately 1 month for scheduling your site visit.
November 7, 2016 for spring 2017 installation
2016-2017 Final Application Deadlines
Currently accepting final applications on a rolling basis through
September 5, 2016 for fall installation
February 15, 2017 for spring 2017 installation
Key Dates for Spring Installation
January 31: Funding application deadline.
Notifications by late February.
Participant agreement due March 15.
March 1 – May 15: Project installation
June 1: Reimbursement forms due
Homeowner, civic or condo association or housing cooperative (Common
Interest Community) is located within Fairfax County, Virginia.
Practices will be installed on community association property.
Individual homeowner property is not eligible at this time.
Community association has approved participation, 50% matching funds
and will sign a participant and maintenance agreement with final plan
Community association is willing to keep and maintain practices for
10 years after installation. NVSWCD will verify ongoing maintenance
and provide technical assistance, though not funding.
Native species will be used for all plantings. For possibilities,
see: Plant NoVA
Natives and Plant List for
No new paving/pavers will be added as part of the project.
Submit An Application
Send your association's completed application electronically to the
Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District at email@example.com
You may also mail the completed application form to 12055 Government
Center Parkway, Suite 905, Fairfax, VA 22035.
About the Conservation Assistance Program
Funding levels: Match funding will be awarded for up to 50% of
total project costs. For example, if the total project cost for a rain
garden is $6000, your association can be reimbursed for $3000. If the
project cost is higher, the maximum reimbursement still remains at
$3000. The project cost can be greater, but CAP will only reimburse up
to the maximum level for each practice.
Maintenance and inspection requirements: Annual maintenance
will be required of the installed runoff practices. Periodic
verification/inspections will ensure they were installed properly and
are maintained to ensure proper functioning.
Multiple practices: Your association can apply for more than
one practice in a single application or in subsequent rounds. For
energy actions, we encourage associations to apply for an energy audit
in one round, and follow up with an application to implement audit
recommendations in a following round.
Match Funding: Unlike the Fairfax County
NEPP program, volunteer hours cannot be used as match, although
volunteer hours can be used to bring down total project costs.
For questions, please contact
the Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District.
Other Conservation Programs
There are several other programs that help Fairfax County residents
and neighborhood associations conserve energy and water resources at
home. Here are just a few:
Rain Barrel Workshops. Rain barrels can be placed
under the downspout to collect water for reuse. They can be acquired
through the Rain Barrel Workshops
and Sales sponsored by the Conservation District and other
Home Turf - A Virginia Healthy Lawns Program. This
Virginia Cooperative Extension program provides homeowners and
community associations with a personalized nutrient management plan
and recommendations for a healthy lawn. Learn more about the Home Turf
Energy Action Fairfax - Energy Efficiency
Presentation. These experienced energy auditors can answer
questions about typical energy efficiency challenges and how to solve
them for homes in your community. Free, no application
Energy Action Fairfax - Neighbor-to-Neighbor Energy
Audit: Bringing neighbors together for an energy audit
gathering with a certified professional. Homes built at the same time
often face similar energy challenges and pitfalls. Neighbors can get
customized advice and the most practical solutions for your homes.
Free, no application required. Request
a neighbor-to-neighbor energy audit.