RainSmart Program

The Village Preservation and Improvement Society (VPIS) is working with the City of Falls Church to implement a RainSmart Program to improve management of stormwater.

The RainSmart program provides funding to help Falls Church City residents implement practices, such as rain barrels and rain gardens, that help rainwater soak into the ground on-site to prevent flooding and protect the quality of local streams and the wider Chesapeake Bay watershed.

The RainSmart Program includes:

  • Public education and outreach;
  • Grants for rain barrel projects; and
  • Grants for rain garden and landscape conservation projects.

The grants will be awarded to the extent funds are available giving priority to projects with the greatest stormwater benefits to the community. Grants for rain barrels will be considered on a continuing basis.

June 1-9 as Chesapeake Bay Awareness Week in the City of Falls Church

Falls Church Mayor David Tarter has proclaimed June 1-9 as Chesapeake Bay Awareness Week in the City of Falls Church. One of the best ways to help the Bay is to reduce stormwater pollution and VPIS has grants to help with the costs of stormwater projects, such as rain barrels and rain gardens.

A simple way to reduce stormwater run-off is to add rain barrels to your home or commercial building. VPIS will provide a grant for up to two rain barrels ($50 for each barrel). You can get a rain barrel from a commercial source or sign up for a Rain Barrel Workshop sponsored by the Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District.

Rain Garden and Rain Barrel Grants Applications

Download our flyers for more information and to receive the application form:

Grants for Rain Gardens Flyer and Application

Grants for Rain Barrels Flyer and Application

For more information about stormwater in Falls Church, go to the City Stormwater page: http://www.fallschurchva.gov/stormwater

2019 Rain Barrel workshops

Workshops are scheduled for April 5, April 6, and May 25. For information about Rain Barrel Workshops sponsored by the Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District, go to: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/soil-water-conservation/rain-barrel

If you have questions about the RainSmart Program, send an email to RainSmartFallsChurch@gmail.com.