Backyard Conservation Cost Share
Many projects will be eligible for funding through our Heartland Backyard Conservation Program. The process will be the same and we can help you identify which program might be the best fit.
Cost share deadlines for 2018 will be March 8th and August 3rd
The Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District’s Conservation Cost-Share Program is an incentive program intended to defray landowner costs for implementing conservation practices that benefit soil and water quality and wildlife habitat. Preference will be given to projects on lands that are not eligible for other state and federal cost-share programs. The goal of this program is to help landowners practice better environmental stewardship by providing financial assistance for the implementation of conservation practices that would not otherwise be implemented without financial assistance.
The expectation of the Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District Board of Supervisors (hereinafter referred to as the District) is that Participants in the Conservation Cost-Share Program are responsible for proper installation, long-term operation, and maintenance of conservation practices.Conservation practices installed with cost-share funds must be in place for a minimum of three years.
The BYC cost share program is matching grant program (50% of project cost reimbursed up to approved max cost share amount) and participant contributions can be in the form of purchased materials and services, equipment rental or donated equipment use, materials, and labor.
Practices eligible for cost share funding include:
Did you know?
Home owners associations (HOA's), parks, schools, and other entities are eligible for cost share funding through the cost share program or as education demonstration projects! Contact the SWCD to learn more!
How to get started:
Contact the SWCD to arrange a site visit with a staff member.
After the site visit, the staff member will develop a written conservation plan outlining potential projects and a general cost estimate.
Complete and submit the cost share application by the deadline.
You will be notified of your applications approval status and, if approved, may begin work at that time. Any costs incurred or contracts signed prior to written approval are not eligible for reimbursement.
Once the conservation practice(s) is/are installed, District staff will perform a site check to verify proper installation and collect documentation of expenses and will then file the proper forms to reimburse the Participant.
Cost share documents:
Please review all documents prior to applying.
*Contact Claire Lane for an application at firstname.lastname@example.org
For more info contact Claire Lane, urban conservationist, at 317.773.2181 or via email.