Updates on the Rain Check Program

Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 all Rain Check work is currently on hold due to city restrictions. In addition, due to revenue declines related to the pandemic, the Philadelphia Water Department has significantly reduced the Rain Check budget resulting in some major changes to the program.

If you have not already attended a workshop:

Unfortunately, due to budget cuts resulting from the pandemic, Rain Check is not currently accepting new participants. To be eligible to participate, you’ll first need to attend a Rain Check workshop. Workshops are currently cancelled through the end of 2020 with hopes of resuming workshops in 2021. Sign up here to be notified when workshops resume. The workshop will go over the tools available and the process. Participants attending a workshop after July 1, 2020, will fall under the new guidelines (free rain barrel and one cost share tool- $100 metal downspout planter or up to $1,500 towards a rain garden or permeable pavers).

If you have already attended a workshop:

Effective immediately, the maximum subsidy has been reduced from $2,000 to $1,500 for rain garden and permeable paver projects. Depave only projects are no longer eligible to receive funding; only depave with permeable paver follow-up will be allowed. Funding is limited; therefore, projects will be approved on a first come, first serve basis.

Also, effective immediately, wood downspout planters will no longer be offered. If you have already had a whole house assessment or consultation for a wood downspout planter, you may still order the wood option if you submit the planter installation fee ($225) by June 20, 2020. You can submit payment here:

Any pending or new assessment or consultation requests will be for the metal option only.

If you have already received an estimate for a rain garden or permeable pavers, you have until June 30, 2020 to decide to proceed with an installation to qualify for the maximum subsidy. Please let your contractor know if you’d like to proceed. If you decide to proceed after June 30th, the new guidelines of the reduced maximum subsidy of $1,500 will apply.

All assessments and consultations that have not yet been performed will fall under the new guidelines of the reduced maximum subsidy, no depaving only installations, and metal downspout planter only. You can request a whole house assessment or tool specific consultation by submitting the $25 fee here:

All pending assessments and consultations (either that have already been assigned but not performed and the waiting list) will fall under the new guidelines of the maximum subsidy of $1,500. Only estimates completed and submitted before the shutdown are eligible for the full $2,000 through June 30, 2020.

For rain barrel requests, please email raincheck@pennhort.org with your name, address, and phone number to be added to our list for scheduling once installations resume.

Thank you for your involvement with Rain Check.