Sustainable Landscapes. Energy Conservation. Community
Civic Associations and Places of Worship
The Conservation Assistance Program (CAP) provides incentives for
Fairfax County community associations and places of worship to create
more watershed-friendly landscapes and energy efficient buildings. See
below for more information and to apply. Make a difference in your
Conservation Assistance for Homeowners
The Conservation Assistance Program is now also open to individual
homeowners and other landowners. Go to: Conservation Assistance 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
energy drain. Lighting projects can also include occupancy sensors,
timers, or photo sensors to ensure that lights turn off when not
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
We advise contacting NVSWCD prior to submitting a final
February 15, 2017 for spring 2017 installation
June 15, 2017 for summer 2017 installation
September 15, 2017 for fall 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
NVSWCD accepts watershed project site visit requests on a rolling
basis. We are currently scheduling site visits for one to
two months from the request date.
For a fall site visit, please submit your request by November 7,
Final Application Deadlines
Final applications include contractor bids or pricing schedule. It
is recommended that the community have a site visit or contact
NVSWCD prior to submitting a final application.
February 15, 2017 for spring 2017 installation
June 15, 2017 for summer or fall installation
September 15, 2017 for fall installation
Homeowner, civic or condo association or housing cooperative (Common
Interest Community) or place of worship is located within Fairfax
County, Virginia. Places of worship must be 501(c)3 organizations.
Practices will be installed on community association or place of
worship property. For individual homeowner property, see: Conservation Assistance Program
Community association/place of worship has approved
participation, 50% matching funds and will sign a participant and
maintenance agreement with final plan submission.
Community association/place of worship is willing to keep and
maintain practices for 10 years after installation. NVSWCD will
verify ongoing maintenance and provide technical assistance. No
funding is available for maintenance.
Native species will be used for all plantings. For possibilities,
see: Plant NoVA
Natives and online
searchable Native Plants for the Chesapeake Bay Watershed
Submit An Application
Send your association's completed application electronically to the
Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District at firstname.lastname@example.org
You may also mail the completed application form to 12055 Government
Center Parkway, Suite 905, Fairfax, VA 22035.
Key Project Steps
Site visit application.
Final application with contractor bid or budget - project
Submit signed participant agreement.
Submit reimbursement forms.
About the Conservation Assistance Program
The Power of Volunteers: If possible, your community may want
to rely on volunteering to help reduce expenses and engage members.
Planting, mulching, coordinating pickup or dropoff of materials and
other installation components can save hundreds or even thousands
of dollars. Currently, volunteer time cannot be used as match in
the HOA/place of worship 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, the 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: You can apply for more than one practice in
a single application or in subsequent rounds. For energy projects, we
encourage associations to apply for an energy audit in one round, and
follow up with an application to implement audit recommendations in a
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
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.