Virginia Agricultural Cost-Share Program (VACS)

The Virginia Agricultural Best Management Practices Cost-share Program (VACS) is administered by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) through local Soil and Water Conservation Districts (District or SWCD). The programís goal is to improve and protect water quality in the state's streams, rivers, and the Chesapeake Bay. The program offers cost share assistance as an incentive to carry out construction or implementation of selected Best Management Practices (BMPs). The basis of the program is to encourage the voluntary installation of agricultural BMPs to meet Virginia's non-point source pollution reduction water quality objectives. Although resource based problems affecting water quality occur on all land this program promotes efforts for corrective action on agricultural lands only.


BMPs include:  

Additional VACS Program Information

Clean Water Farm Awards

Virginia Conservation Assistance Program (VCAP)

The Virginia Conservation Assistance Program (VCAP) is an urban cost-share program that provides financial incentives and technical and educational assistance to property owners installing eligible Best Management Practices (BMPís) in Virginiaís Chesapeake Bay Watershed. These practices can be installed in areas of your yard where problems like erosion, poor drainage, or poor vegetation occur. Qualified sites shall be used for residential, commercial, or recreational purposes with a proposed practice that addresses a need. Eligible practices include rain gardens,living shorelines,permeable pavement installation,etc.

Additional VCAP Program Information

Program questions contact Kristal McKelvey 804-693-3562 Ext 3249 or email


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