Energy Conservation Projects
Reduce energy use. Save money. Cut carbon emissions.
Who Can Apply?
Community Associations and Places of Worship in Fairfax
County are eligible for energy funding. Common Interest
Communities can include civic, condo or homeowner associations or
housing cooperatives; projects must be installed on shared
property. Places of worship must be 501(c)3 organizations. Note
that this is more limited than the watershed program. See below for
more energy resources for homeowners and businesses.
How Much Reimbursement?
50% of costs up to $5000.
Energy projects need to be maintained and kept in place for 10
Where Does the Funding Come From?
The Fairfax County
Environmental Improvement Program is funding this effort,
and it is administered by the Northern Virginia Soil and Water
Energy Project Types:
Energy Audit. Have a certified energy auditor perform an
assessment and report on civic/homeowner association building(s). 50%
match up to $750.
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 For Energy Funding
Contact NVSWCD to get started
Form project team
Contractor bid and budget
Applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis.
Submit by September 1, 2017 for fall 2017 installation
January 10 for winter installation
March 1 for spring installation
June 1 for summer installation
Watershed Conservation Projects
Capture runoff. Protect streams and rivers. Enhance
Who Can Apply? Anyone!
Homeowners, Community Associations, Places of Worship, and Other
Property Owners in Fairfax County, City of Fairfax, and City of
How Much Reimbursement?
75% of project costs up to max. Percentage and maximum
reimbursement vary by project and applicant type.
Watershed projects need to be maintained and kept in place for
Where Does the Funding Come From?
The statewide Virginia Conservation Assistance Program and
the Fairfax County Environmental Improvement Program are
funding this effort. It is administered locally by the Northern
Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District.
Watershed Project Types:
Conservation Landscaping. Incorporate native trees and
shrubs, meadow or wetland plants into your landscape. Typical cost:
$5-15 per square foot. Minimum size: 150 square feet.
Rain Gardens. Bowl-shaped garden area that collects and
absorbs runoff. Typical cost: $10-25 per square foot. Minimum size:
100 square feet.
Dry Well/Infiltration Trench. 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.
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.
And Many More! Learn
more about Watershed Project Options.
How to Apply for Watershed Projects
Form Project Team, Request a Conservation Assistance Site Visit
First, form a project team and gain any organizational approval
needed to request a site vist and begin the process. We will
visit your property and provide recommendations. We schedule site
visits on a rolling basis, typically 6-8 weeks from the
Submit your request by September 30 for a fall site
visit. Submit your request between October and December for a
winter site visit, between January and March for a spring site
visit, and between April and June for a summer site visit. Thank
you for your patience.
Prepare and Submit Final Application
The final application includes the size and location of the
project(s), design details, and project budget. Plant lists and
quantities, as well as contractor bids and/or plant pricing
schedule should be included. Please also estimate the number of
volunteer hours you plan to dedicate to your project.
Submit by September 6 Deadline extended to
October 4, 2017 for fall 2017 installation!
Submit by March 1 for spring installation
Submit by June 1 for summer installation
Please note that planting is not permitted between June 10 -
September 15 due to temperatures, and strongly discouraged in the
2-3 weeks before and after that timeframe. Fall is the best time
How to Request a Site Visit
To request a site visit, contact the Northern Virginia Soil and
Water Conservation District at email@example.com.
Please include the following information:
The site address
Which project types you are most interested in
A basic description of any drainage and erosion issues on the
Names and contact information (email preferred) for all property
owners/decision makers/project team members
For community associations or places of worship, please ensure that
the board is aware and supportive of the site visit and potentially
installing a project on the property.
Please also look up and provide the following information to the
best of your ability:
Supervisor District (Dranesville, Hunter Mill, Sully, Mount Vernon,
Braddock, Mason, Lee, Providence, Springfield) or Jurisdiction
(City of Fairfax/Alexandria)
Watershed information: Watershed Name, Resource Protection Area on
site (Y/N)? Go to Fairfax County
Alexandria City Watershed Map or Fairfax
City Watershed Map)
Is the property adjacent to parkland (Y/N)?
Soils information (Go to
USDA Web Soil Survey to find your soil type. Then, learn more
about your soil using the Fairfax County Soil
Guide, particularly the charts on pp. 9-11.)
Dominant soil type (number and name)?
Soil drainage (good, fair, marginal, poor)?
Suitability for infiltration trenches (good, fair, marginal,
Submit An Application
Send your association's site visit request or completed application
electronically to the Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation
District at firstname.lastname@example.org
Attachments must be limited to 6MB or less. Alternatively, you may also
mail the completed application form to 12055 Government Center Parkway,
Suite 905, Fairfax, VA 22035.
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
regional partners. Rain barrels are great when combined with
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