Eligibility Requirements

The following entities are eligible for a rebate:
  • Civic associations
  • Commercial businesses
  • Condominium associations
  • Homeowner associations
  • Individuals
  • Multi-family dwellings
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Not-for-profit organizations including housing cooperatives
Individual members of a housing cooperative may apply for rebates under the residential incentives category.

Qualify for a Rebate
  • The applicant must own the property or be a non-profit organization with an agreement to complete a project on private or public land*.
  • Projects must be completed within 12 months of approval.
  • The Department of the Environment (DoE) must have inspected the completed project and found it to be in compliance with its original approved application.
  • The project must follow the DoE's best practice guidelines and criteria for that type of project.
  • If the property is part of a Homeowners’ Association (HOA), the applicant must provide a letter or other documentation showing HOA approval of the project.
* The City of Bowie manages its own stormwater program and residents are not eligible to participate in the County program. The Town of Cheverly (PDF) and Town of University Park (PDF) both offer tree planting incentives to residents. Residents of these towns are only eligible to participate in the cistern, green roof, pavement removal, permeable pavement, rain barrel, and rain garden programs offered under the County’s Rain Check Rebate Program.

Rebate Approval
DoE must pre-approve all applications prior to implementation, with the exception of a rain barrel project. However, the rain barrel project must meet eligibility criteria established by DoE to receive a rebate and DoE must receive all receipts or invoices within 12 months of application approval. All invoices and receipts for the entire amount of the requested rebate must be submitted to DoE for review and approval. Rebates will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

Rebate Amount
The amount of a rebate cannot exceed the cost of the project. The lifetime rebate ceilings per property is $4,000 for residential projects and $20,000 for commercial, multi-family dwelling, homeowners associations, condominium associations, civic associations, non-profit entities and not-for-profit organizations, including housing cooperatives.

Rebate Ceiling
An applicant may complete multiple projects until the rebate ceiling's met. Non-profit organizations established pursuant to Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code may annually perform community projects on public or private property up to the $20,000 ceiling. All applicants are required to sign a property owner agreement; and, applicants for a commercial or public project will be required to sign an operations and maintenance agreement for the project.