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Posted on: May 20, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Virginia Conservation Assistance Program

The Virginia Conservation Assistance Program (VCAP) is an urban cost-share program that provides financial incentives and technical and educational assistance to property owners installing eligible Best Management Practices (BMPs) in Virginia’s participating Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs).  These practices can be installed in areas of your yard where problems like erosion, poor drainage, or poor vegetation occur. Qualified sites shall be used for residential, commercial, or recreational purposes with a proposed practice that addresses a need. VCAP is a retrofit program and as such any homes or other structures on a property must be at least three years old before the landowner is eligible to apply for BMP assistance. 

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All reimbursements are considered taxable income, so participants will receive a 1099 form following any reimbursement.


All approved practices require a ten-year lifespan, meaning that applicants must maintain the BMP appropriately for ten years. 


Eligible Practices

Rain Gardens

Conservation Landscaping

Impervious Surface Removal

Permeable Pavement Installation

Dry Wells

Rainwater Harvesting 

Vegetated Conveyance System

Constructed Wetlands



Green Roofs

Living Shorelines


To learn more, contact the Colonial Soil and Water Conservation District’s Urban Conservationist, Robyn Woolsey, at to learn more.

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