Central Utah Water

Landscape Leadership Grant

Introduction / Background

For builders, developers, commercial business owners, institutions, homeowner associations, and cities.

Become a leader in water efficiency principles by creating an example landscape out of your property. This program provides funding for water-efficient landscape conversions and new construction.


  • Recipient must be a commercial business, builder/developer, institution, property management company, homeowner association, or municipality
  • Individual residential lots are not eligible
  • Property must be located within one of the following counties:
    • - Duchesne
    • - Juab
    • - Salt Lake*
    • - Sanpete
    • - Uintah
    • - Utah
    • - Wasatch
    • **Projects within Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District’s (JVWCD) service area are not eligible for this program but are eligible for a similar program offered by JVWCD. Visit JVWCD.org for a list of cities covered by JVWCD.
  • Project must provide quantifiable water savings
  • Project must have high promotional, marketing, or press appeal
  • Landscape changes must be voluntary and not for the purpose of complying with a governmental code or policy


  • Project funding is based on estimated water savings, use of water-efficient landscaping, and the ability to promote water efficiency.
  • Funding may cover up to 50% of a project cost and can be up to $100,000.
  • To maximize the funding amount, it is important to follow these requirements:
  • All irrigation shall be appropriate for the designated plant material to achieve the highest water efficiency. Drip irrigation or bubblers shall be used except in turf areas.
  • Each Irrigation valve shall irrigate landscaping with similar site, slope, and soil conditions and plant materials with similar watering needs. Turf and non-turf areas shall be irrigated on separate irrigation valves. In addition, drip emitters and sprinklers shall be placed on separate irrigation valves.
  • Landscaped areas shall be provided with a WaterSense labeled smart irrigation controller, which automatically adjusts the frequency and/or duration of irrigation events in response to changing weather conditions. All controllers shall be equipped with automatic rain delay or rain shut-off capabilities.
  • Adequate surface treatments shall be used to control weeds and improve the appearance of the landscaping. At least 3-4 inches of mulch permeable to air and water shall be used in planting beds. Common surface treatments shall include rock, bark, or compost.
  • At maturity, landscapes shall have enough plant material (perennials and shrubs) to create at least 50 percent living plant cover at the ground plane, not including tree canopies.
  • Turf shall not be placed in park strips, designated pathways, or on slopes greater than 33%. Lawn areas shall not be less than eight (8) feet wide.
  • In residential landscapes, turf area shall not exceed 35% of the total landscaped area.
  • In commercial, industrial, and institutional landscapes, turf areas shall not exceed 15% of the total landscaped area, outside of active recreation areas.


Use this calculator to get an estimate of the range of funding for which your project could qualify

  • Current Irrigation Requirements
    • Existing Landscapes to be Converted: Enter the total square footage for each of the current landscaped areas
    • New Landscapes Not Yet Constructed: Enter the square footage of the total area to be landscaped as if it were all to be lawn with overhead spray

  • Proposed Irrigation Requirements
    • Existing & New Landscapes: Enter the total square footage for each of the proposed landscaped areas

Current Irrigation Requirements

Annual Gallons Used

Proposed Irrigation Requirements

Annual Gallons Used


Total Annual Savings

Grant Estimate*

*Capped at 50% of the project cost

The grant estimate shows a range from low to high because each project is evaluated based on the following criteria:

Organization Score:
  • Project plan
    • Has the applicant provided a reasonable description, a complete landscape design, and a detailed schedule for the project?
  • Capabilities
    • Does the applicant have the appropriate training and resources to carry out the project?
Promotional Score:
  • Prominence & Visibility
    • Will the project/location be seen by many (ex. Neighborhood, city, county, state)? Will the project/location draw in visitors? Does the project include prominent stakeholders?
  • Media & Promotability
    • How well can the project be promoted, advertised, or included in a marketing campaign? Is the project newsworthy or appealing to the media? Are there other considerations like the uniqueness of political, socio-economic, cultural, legal, environmental, or geographic factors that this project brings?
  • Showcase for Water Conservation
    • How well does the project showcase the aesthetics, benefits, and techniques of effective water conservation?
Impact Score:
  • Likelihood of Copy-cats
    • Will this project lead to other similar projects or additional water conservation?
  • Cultural Impact
    • What is the project’s ability to stimulate and develop a culture of water conservation in the community (ex. Ordinances, public policy, public perception, land use planning, stakeholder practices)?