Residential Cost Share Program

Free Soil Testing for Lawns!

The Culpeper Soil & Water Conservation District is offering a limited number of free soil tests of lawns through 2021 while funding is available. Find out if/when you should use fertilizer or lime and what grass types would work best with your soil. For more info contact Stephanie DeNicola at  Click here for an article about the importance of soil tests for your lawn.

Virginia Conservation Assistance Program (VCAP)

Do you have a drainage issue in your yard? Would your garden benefit from a rain cistern? Would you like to minimize the amount of turf you mow? We have a program for you! VCAP offers 80% cost share to convert mowed turf to native plants, install rain cisterns that are 250+ gallons, install rain gardens to address drainage issues and more! For more information, visit: If you are in the Culpeper District’s 5 counties contact Richard Jacobs at 540-825-8591 or Click here for a fact sheet.

Cost share for Septic System Maintenance

Focused outreach continues for septic system maintenance in impaired watersheds that have a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) Implementation Plan. Cost share is 50-80% of approved costs including pump out, repairs, replacements and new systems or drainfields. These watersheds include:

  • Upper Hazel River watershed (Currently available in the Rush River watershed anywhere downstream of Fodderstack Road, including Big Branch, and anywhere in the White Walnut Run near the Woodville area)
  • Upper York River watershed (most of Orange County which is both south of US 20 and east of US 15)
  • Robinson River watershed (anywhere that is downstream of Pass Run, formerly Mulatto Run)
  • Rapidan River watershed (Currently available in Blue Run watershed from Barboursville to the Rapidan River)

For more information, contact:

Henny Calloway at 540-948-7531 or


EPA Septic Smart:

Southeast Rural Community Assistance Project: Programs and Services for Homeowners