Rainplan FAQs

About Projects

What is Rainplan?

Rainplan’s mission is to increase sustainable infrastructure on private properties. We do this by matching homeowners with government incentives to make these projects affordable.

How does Rainplan work?

Step 1: Type in a property address.
Step 2: We provide you with local incentive information.
Step 3: For more detailed information about other available programs or financing, create a free account to set up your property dashboard.
Step 4: When you select an incentive that you would like to use towards financing your project, contact a Rainplanner to go over details and to make sure that your project fits the necessary requirements.
Step 5: If you want us to handle the tedious filing process, you can hire us to file and organize all your documents to guarantee that you hit every target necessary to receive an incentive.

What services does Rainplan offer?

Our flagship service is helping you create a Rainplan. Whether you’re looking to solve a specific problem, curious about specific technologies, or just exploring your options for a future renovation we help you create a plan to manage stormwater on your property.

Incentive Matching: We offer a free search engine and property dashboard. Creating an account to keep track of possible incentive programs is free to everyone.

*** In certain markets such as Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia we also offer “Early Access” services such as;

Contractor matching: where we help you find the best possible contractor for your project

Rainplan’s Green Spending Advance: we provide upfront financing for your project and will pay the contractor directly so you don’t have to. You pay us back after the completion of the project in monthly installments.

How does Rainplan make money?

Rainplan is a free service. Our goal is to provide information-your Rainplan-that a property owner can use to make a decision when it comes to stormwater on their property. We often get asked, “How does Rainplan make money?” Currently as we build out our database and customer relationships, we are offering our search engine and Rainplan dashboard services for free. Rainplan makes money when a client selects an incentive and wants us to file all the paperwork and manage their project documents for the incentive program. We only get paid if the client receives an incentive check and our commission is a small percentage from the incentive amount received.

Is there anything specific that Rainplan does not do?

Rainplan is not a contractor. We will not be doing any engineering work or actual installation of your project. For Early Access clients (those living in the Washington DC, Virginia, and Maryland areas) we will take the guessing work out of finding a qualified and vetted contractor by providing you with recommendations and bids from vetted experts.

I already have a contractor. How does Rainplan work with me?

Excellent! If you already have a project in the works we recommend that you create a free account with us. You will also want to contact a Rainplanner as soon as possible to make sure that we can find an incentive program to apply for that will help cover the costs of your project.

Who will a client interact with during each part of the process?

“All my experiences with Rainplan have been tremendous. Everyone has been very responsive and because we were participating in the DC program there was a lot of paperwork, but I didn’t have to do that. They pushed it down the road and took care of getting in touch with me if they needed anything. I don’t know if I would have been able to finish this process without Rainplan. They took me from the original inquiry all the way to the end. It was so easy.” – Amy Butler, DC Rainplan Client

We love that quote because, in a lot of ways, it showcases how we help. If you decide to use Rainplan as your concierge for filing an incentive application, you will most likely be interacting with two people for most of your project process. The first is your hired contractor or engineer (separate from Rainplan) and then your Rainplanner. Our Rainplanners are qualified professionals and mentors who are here to answer any questions about the incentive process related to your project.

What does a Rainplanner do?

Rainplanners are here to guide you to the best possible project for your property type and based on available incentive programs. They will talk with you when you’re ready to start a project and send you an assessment to better help serve your project goals. Rainplan’s online assessment is the first step in studying your property’s water challenges and potential. Our stormwater expert will analyze your property and recommend the most suitable installation that will achieve the following:

  1. Help solve any drainage or flooding problems
  2. Utilizes the maximum amount of incentives available in your area
  3. Adds the most value to your property
Do you have any references you can share?

Sure!

Read stories about previous client projects to understand what the process was like for them.

How can I learn more about Rainplan?

Rainplan has a variety of areas in which we educate and empower. We strongly encourage you to explore our blog which we call “The Runoff”. It has client testimonials, thought pieces from experts in the field, infographics, and more to better help you understand why and how we work with stormwater incentives.

Stormwater Issues

I’m concerned about the water draining into my neighbor’s yard located downhill from me.

We would be draining down into the soil into the already existing system the county has built out. As part of the approval process, the county would require to know where the water is draining to, which is part of the design process.

About Incentives

Are there minimum requirements in order to qualify for an Incentive?

Each incentive program is different and has its own unique standards and requirements based on the local government or region offering the incentive. Some programs will require a minimum project size of your rain garden or permeable pavers, some may require a minimum of impervious area to be treated. It varies from incentive program to incentive program.

Rainplan helps you discover what incentive programs your property is eligible for and understand the program’s specific requirements to ensure you maximize and receive your benefits!

I have a list of incentives, what are my next steps?

Select the incentive(s) that you wish to take advantage of, and we will get started on processing your application. 

I have selected an incentive to move forward with, what are my next steps?

Once you select your incentive Rainplan gets busy working on your application and verifying eligibility. Once completed we will schedule a consultation with one of our Rainplanners to walk you through your application for approval prior to submitting it to the incentive program administrator for approval.

Once my project is completed what do I have to provide in order to get my eligible incentive?

Each program typically has an application process that lays out the specific process you need to follow in order to successfully obtain your incentive benefit. Typically you have to file an application so that the government can reserve the funds for you, and so that you are made of the specific requirements for that incentive program. Once you get confirmation that you project has been accepted and *approved (based on you completing the installation), you can start your project. Once your project is completed you must complete the application process by signing that you accept and understand the maintenance requirements, and schedule final inspection.

 

Rainplan helps ensure property owners receive their incentive benefits, by streamlining the documentation needed for the application process, helping ensure that your installation meets all of the program’s requirements, assist with the selection of a qualified professional installer, and scheduling your final inspection to pass!

I have selected an incentive to move forward with, what are my next steps?

Once you select your incentive Rainplan gets busy working on your application and verifying eligibility. Once completed we will schedule a consultation with one of our Rainplanners to walk you through your application for approval prior to submitting it to the incentive program administrator for approval.

I don’t have any incentives in my area. What do I do now?

First, we recommend creating an account so you can see both local and state incentives, plus if you are in our Early Access regions (Maryland, Virginia, and DC) you will see our Green Spending Advance options. After creating an account if you still do not see any incentive programs, this means that currently the local incentive programs are either full or closed at the moment. When programs in your area reopen we will notify you.

About Financing

Is the estimate free?

Yes, we first conduct an initial online assessment based on both the incentive program’s requirements and your property’s physical characteristics in order to provide you with an estimate of the incentives you will receive and the cost of the installation based on historical market pricing. This gives you a better idea of what the total out-of-pocket costs are for you!

If it is within your budget, then we help you solicit qualified installers to submit competitive proposals based on a site visit to your property. Because proposals require our vendors to put in time and energy to price your project we like to make sure people understand the size of the investment, and are comfortable with it before they provide proposals. Once you receive your proposal you can move forward to making your decision and commitment.

Let Rainplan help you identify the desired green infrastructure incentive program and the price for installation!

Do you know up front what it will cost?

Based on the incentive program requirements and your property’s physical characteristics we provide you with an estimated incentive, estimated market cost, and prequalify you for our “Buy Now, Pay Later” pay overtime program so that you don’t have to spend any money until the project is completed.

You do not know what the final cost will be until after you have received the final pricing from your selected installer and signed their installation proposal with them. Once that is completed Rainplan provides surety of your project completion and incentive benefits!

Do I have to come up with all the money upfront?

No, Rainplan provides a “Buy Now, Pay Later” installment program that allows you to pay over time for your green infrastructure. Payments does not start until your project has been completed and verified. This provides you surety of proper installation and that you receive your incentive benefits.

Let Rainplan give you peace of mind, and help you ensure a quality installation and that you receive your eligible incentives!

Who receives the rebate -- Rainplan or the property owner?

The Property Owner! The stormwater incentives have been designed specifically for the property owner!! Rain Plan sponsors your project and manages the payments to ensure you receive your incentives, and only receives payment from the property owner, not the incentive provider.

Does your plan include warranty and maintenance?

Rainplan installers all offer functional warranties on all their installations. Rainplan is currently working hard on creating affordable and reliable maintenance plans for each of the installations that you opt into if you wish.

Do you have flexibility in pricing?

Rainplan helps you source competitive price proposals, so that you can get the best price for your installation. In addition we offer flexible payment plans that start only after your project is completed. 

We have taken advantage of other rebate programs in the past. Is that a problem?

Each incentive program is different. Some programs have a maximum amount of money that an individual property can qualify for, and some have no limits. Its important to research and understand the program requirements and rules that you are interested in.

Let us know what program you have a question about, and we can help you find out the answer!