The City of Hampton and Chesapeake Bay Foundation have partnered to create a new Resilient And Innovative Neighbor (RAIN) pilot grant program. With the help of Hampton residents like you, we can reduce flooding in the City of Hampton, improve waterways of the Chesapeake Bay, and help protect property and downstream neighbors.
Those selected to be part of the program could be reimbursed up to $1,000 for planting a tree, installing a rain barrel, replacing an area of mowed lawn with a rain garden, or using special pavers in place of an existing driveway or walkway on their property. The reimbursement is supported by a grant from the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.
You can get more information about the RAIN Actions and options by viewing the workshop PDF and video facilitated by the City of Hampton and the CBF. Check back for information about future workshops.
Want to learn more? If you have more questions, you can email email@example.com. Or you can contact 311. Dial 311 from a Hampton landline or call 757-727-8311 from a cell phone or email firstname.lastname@example.org, download our 311 Hampton VA mobile app from your app store, or text to 757-727-8311.
Applications for the program are not currently being accepted. In the meantime, you can browse the RAIN Homeowner Guide for ideas for your yard.
The Resilient And Innovative Neighbor grant program is one of several pilot projects being implemented from the Newmarket Creek Water Plan as the second phase of the city’s broader Resilient Hampton initiative to address flooding issues with solutions that achieve multiple community benefits. Since much of the watershed consists of single-family homes, RAIN grants incentivize Hampton’s residents to take specific actions to reduce stormwater runoff from their properties while enhancing the property. If successful, this initial pilot program will be expanded to more of your neighbors. Let’s work together to reduce stormwater runoff and flooding while increasing the quality of life in our neighborhoods.
RAIN Homeowner Guide (PDF): For more information on eligible RAIN Actions, check out the RAIN Homeowner Guide (PDF). The City of Hampton and Chesapeake Bay Foundation may host workshops around September to meet and discuss this program. If you are interested, email Resilient@Hampton.gov and let us know if you prefer evening or weekend times and virtual or in-person format. In-person meetings may be limited or restricted.
Anatomy of a RAIN yard (PDF): This illustration, shown in a detail at left, provides a more visual explanation of the various homeowner RAIN Actions.