Thank you for your interest in the Village’s Rain Garden Cost-Share Program. In the attachment below you will find the Application and complete program summary.   Note: an Ecological Consultation and/or visit with the Village Engineer is required prior to applying for the Rain Garden Program. Please read all requirements carefully before submitting your completed application. The Rain Garden Program is a 50/50 cost-share program. The Village’s share amount is $4,000 and there is a $100 non-refundable application fee.

The intent of the Rain Garden Program is to encourage and provide an incentive for applicants to install rain gardens on private property to “micro-manage” stormwater runoff as close to the source (like downspouts, driveways, sump pumps discharges) as possible. A rain garden is a shallow depression that is planted with deep-rooted native plants. It functions by capturing, filtering, and infiltrating stormwater runoff into the ground thereby reducing the flows to nearby streams and other drainageways.

After the application is submitted and approved by the Village, the applicant will receive a permit from the Village to proceed with the work as proposed in the Application. Once the work is completed, notify and deliver a copy of the paid contractor invoice to the Village and the Village Ecologist and/or Village Engineer will conduct a site visit to verify the work has been completed properly. After the work has been reviewed and approved by the Village Ecologist and/or Engineer the reimbursement request is then forwarded to the Village Board for approval and can be expected in 1 to 3 months.

Application Form

Please fill out and print this PDF application and submit to the office of Woodland Ecology.

Rain Garden Cost-Share Program Application (PDF)


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