Backyard Conservation Program
This program offers a 50/50 reimbursement of up to $200.00 back for establishing, enhancing, restoring and/or maintaining a backyard conservation project.
All Fayette County residents are eligible to apply (renters and landowners).
Apply electronically to: support@kyFCCD.com
Submit receipts, invoices, and photographs of completed projects within 60 days of approval to receive reimbursement -- your "deadline" will be noted on your acceptance letter. Reimbursements are issued shortly following their approval at monthly Board meetings -- the second Friday of each month. Please allow up to 6 weeks for your reimbursement to be processed. Reimbursable items include hand-tools for planting, seedlings, raised bed materials, rain barrels, composters, and more!
[Electric or gas-powered motorized equipment, such as lawnmowers, are not eligible.]
Examples of Backyard Conservation include:
Rain Gardens, Rain Barrels, Compost Bins, Pollinator Gardens, Beehives and Bat Houses, and Garden Plots -or- Raised Bed Gardens
University of Kentucky, Extension Resources:
Scroll down for a list of local and "box store" vendors!
Rain Gardens can remove standing water in your yard, reduce mosquito breeding, filter runoff pollution, and conserve water. They also create an environment that supports an increase of beneficial insects that can eliminate pest insects.
See University of Kentucky Extension Publication, HENV-205 for great information on the Design, Construction, and Maintenance of YOUR OWN rain garden!
Rain Barrels are an effective way to manage stormwater runoff and reduce the amount of pollutants in waterways. This can reduce the demand on municipal water supplies by using stored water to supply gardens and lawns.
See University of Kentucky Extension Publication, AEN-106 on Harvesting Rainwater and Reducing Stormwater Pollution
Compost Bins can be used to decrease the amount of food waste and yard trimmings going to landfills. Organic material decomposes to become compost- which acts as a soil conditioner to improve the physical condition and fertility of soil. Using compost can improve aeration, root penetration, and water infiltration.
See University of Kentucky Extension Publication, ID-192 for the science behind composting and many useful tips!
You can purchase a ready-to-go composter, or make one yourself!
Here, our Backyard Conservationist made a two-part compost bin from pre-used pallets which he purchased for $1.00 each!
Pollinator Gardens support pollinators by supplying pollen and nectar to attract them to a specific area. Regardless of their size, pollinator gardens impact our crops and assist with fruit and vegetable production.
Learn how to:
Also, consider having your pollinator support certified as a Monarch Waystation
View the Kentucky Monarch Conservation Plan here.
Did you know that one-third of the world's food production depends on BEES?!
Beehives and Beekeepers contribute to the positive population growth and protection of these very important pollinators.
View this helpful University of Kentucky Extension 4-H Bee Ambassador Program publication.
Check out the Kentucky State Beekeepers Association and their resources!
University of Kentucky Extension has you covered again!
Please refer to "Growing Your Own" (A Beginner's Guide to Gardening) and Home Vegetable Gardening in KY for great information!
Other projects may be approved on a case by case basis.
Submit your completed application by mail or email as follows:
Fayette County Conservation District
141 Leestown Center Way Suite 210 Lexington, KY 40511
Backyard Conservation Supplies:
Stover Seed (regional pollinator mixes available)