Fairfax County- Conservation Assistance Programs (CAP)

July 03, 2023


Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District (NVSWCD) offers Conservation Assistance Programs (CAP) which provides financial incentives for individual property owners, civic/homeowners associations or places of worship in Fairfax county, and contractors and landscape professionals. Each of these groups have separate CAP programs.

Virginia Conservation Assistance Program for Individual Property Owners (VCAP):


  • Property owners in Fairfax County, City of Alexandria and City of Fairfax who are experiencing detrimental impacts from storm water.
  • Property is not addressing any storm water management requirements imposed by the jurisdiction in which the property is located
  • New construction has a waiting period before becoming eligible.
  • The owner will agree to maintain any installed practices for ten years.

List of VCAP Eligible Practices: 

  • Impervious surface removal
  • Conservation landscaping
  • Rain gardens
  • Dry wells
  • Bioretention
  • Infiltration
  • Constructed wetlands
  • Living shorelines
  • Green roofs
  • Rainwater harvesting
  • Permeable pavement
  • Vegetated storm water conveyances

For a complete list, please visit the program website.

Conservation Assistance Program for Civic/Homeowner's Associations and Places of Worship (CAP):


  • The civic/homeowner’s association or place of worship is located in Fairfax County (includes Town of Herndon and Town of Vienna).
  • Practices will be installed on community or place of worship property.
  • The community has approved participation and 50% match for energy projects.


CAP-ENERGY: 50% up to $5,000 for most projects, $750 for audits

  • Energy Audits
  • LED Lightbulb Conversion
  • Building Sealing & Caulking
  • Insulation
  • Energy Star Appliances
  • Solar Panels
  • Window Replacements

CAP-WATER: Most practices are eligible for 80% cost-share and some practices provide a flat incentive payment up to the installation cost.

For a full list of watershed conservation projects please visit the VASWCD Conservation Assistance Program website

CAP/VCAP Information For Landscape Professionals:

This program offers professional training to landscapers then puts them on a list of professionals that will be distributed to CAP/VCAP participants in Fairfax County, City of Fairfax, and City of Alexandria

For more information please visit the following website.

Program Overview

Implementing Sector: Local
Category: Financial Incentive
State: Virginia
Incentive Type: Rebate Program
Web Site: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/soil-water-conservation/conservation-assistance-programs
Administrator: Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District
Start Date:
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Dehumidifiers
  • Equipment Insulation
  • Lighting
  • Air conditioners
  • Energy Mgmt. Systems/Building Controls
  • Caulking/Weather-stripping
  • Duct/Air sealing
  • Windows
  • Roofs
  • Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building
  • Yes; specific technologies not identified
  • Commercial Refrigeration Equipment
Incentive Amount: Not listed on program website, contact program administrator for information.
Installation Requirements: Find a contractor on Dominion VA Power’s list of approved non-residential vendors
Ownership of Renewable Energy Credits: NA


Name: Virginia Conservation Assistance Program
Organization: Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation
Phone: (703) 324-1460
Email: conservationdistrict@fairfaxcounty.gov

This information is sourced from DSIRE; the most comprehensive source of information on incentives and policies that support renewables and energy efficiency in the United States. Established in 1995, DSIRE is operated by the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center at N.C. State University.