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The Virginia Conservation Assistance Program (VCAP) is an urban cost share program of the Virginia Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts. VCAP provides financial reimbursement to property owners installing specific non-agricultural conservation practices. A plan is first proposed to the local Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD), after which a site visit verifies the projects eligibility. An application is submitted through the local SWCD to the VCAP Steering Committee for approval, and installation can begin. These practices can be installed in small acreage settings, at the source of stormwater discharges. Residential, business, public, and private locations are eligible. Most practices are eligible for 75% cost share and some practices provide a flat incentive payment up to 100% of the installation cost. A number of practices are eligible for cost share funding including:

•Conservation Landscaping (CL): Includes meadows, mulch beds, and tree plantings. Can be used as filter strips or riparian buffers.
•Impervious Surface Removal (ISR)
•Rain Garden (RG)
•Dry Well (DW)
•Rainwater Harvesting (RH)
•Vegetated Conveyance System (VCS):
Includes grass channels, dry swales, wet swales, and step pool conveyance.
•Constructed Wetlands (CW)
•Bioretention (BR)
•Infiltration (IF)
•Permeable Pavement (PP)
•Green Roof (GR)

Applications for VCAP will be accepted by the Colonial SWCD through January 20, 2017 on a first come, first served basis and will be limited to the first 10 applications received. Applicants will be notified of cost share awards by February 10, 2017.

Each VCAP practice is another small step towards improving the waters entering the Chesapeake Bay. More information on VCAP Best Management Practices and training opportunities can be found at Please contact Kevin McLean, VCAP Program Coordinator, at with additional program questions, or Jim Wallace, District Manager, Colonial Soil and Water Conservation District at to schedule a site visit.
CONTACT INFORMATION: 3402 Acorn St., Suite 103, Williamsburg, VA 23188 * 757-645-4895

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