Since 2015, Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District has been providing technical and financial assistance to places of worship to help resolve localized drainage & erosion issues as well as helping to make these communities more energy efficient.
The Conservation Assistance Program (CAP) is an urban cost-share program that provides financial incentives, technical, and educational assistance to HOA’s and places of worship in Fairfax County who are dedicated to installing eligible stormwater Best Management Practices (BMP’s) or energy efficiency projects within their community. These practices can be installed in areas of a community where problems, such as erosion, poor drainage, or poor vegetation, occur. Energy efficiency projects can be installed in areas where there may be outdated, non-LED lighting or in a building where there’s a chance to utilize an energy audit to figure out where the community may be able to save money by implementing the audit’s suggestions.
In NVSWCD’s service areas, 125 projects have been approved for installation and over $275,000 in cost-share funds have been allocated to residents and other organizations through the local and state programs.