get a rebate for planting a tree on your property?
DO YOU WANT TO
1. Learn about this resource.
Residents can receive a rebate when they plant shade trees on a residential or commercial property in DC. Shade trees hold rainwater in the soil, reducing polluted water from getting into our rivers. We—DC Government—offer a one-time rebate of $50-100 per tree up to the cost of your tree (not including tax and shipping). The amount of your rebate depends on the type of tree you plant. You can receive a rebate for up to 25 trees per property.
This program is called RiverSmart Rebates and is offered by the Department of Energy & Environment, in partnership with Casey Trees, a local nonprofit.
2. Check if you are eligible.
You are eligible if you own or rent a residential or commercial building in DC. If you rent your home, you’ll need to ask your landlord for permission to plant a tree.
You don’t need to live in DC to apply, as long as the property you’re applying for is in DC.
Buy a tree that will grow to be at least 15 feet tall and wide.
Avoid these types of trees that we’ve rejected in the past, they’re harmful to our ecosystem, too small, or vulnerable to pests. Keep your receipt.
Submit an online application and attach your receipt.
4. Gather more information.
What happens after I apply?
Casey Trees will reach out if your application is incomplete and ask for the necessary documentation
If funds are available right away, Casey Trees will mail you a check for your rebate at the address in your application within 2-6 weeks. If funds aren’t available when you apply, you’ll receive your rebate when funds become available (usually in November of each year).
You water your tree regularly, especially in the summer, and mulch your tree twice a year. Your tree will need to be pruned as it grows. Follow the tree care guide.
Are there any additional requirements I should know about?
Trees that won’t grow to 15 feet tall and wide, including varieties of crape myrtle, Japanese Maple, and some ‘weeping’ trees
Trees that aren’t native to our ecosystem and are known to cause harm to the environment, also known as invasive species
Species of Ash, because they’re currently dying at high rates due to a beetle, called the Emerald Ash Borer, that feeds on them
Who should I contact if I have questions?
I still need help making my home more environmentally friendly. What should I do?
You can find information about other resources that help make your home more environmentally friendly.
Frequently Asked Questions
How is my rebate calculated?
choose a tree variety not offered by RiverSmart Homes
avoid long wait times to have your tree planted
Rain barrels to catch and store rain to use later to water your garden or wash your car
Green roofs to support the growth of plants that retain rainwater
Permeable surfaces to capture and temporarily store rainwater instead of a regular asphalt or concrete surface
Rain gardens or another engineered garden system to filter pollution out of rainwater
Do all eligible applicants receive the rebate?
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This page was last updated May 2021.