Pat on The Back Awards

Award Information

The Windsor Essex County Environment Committee is excited to again contribute $2,000 towards local, community based projects occurring in Windsor and Essex County. Four $500 awards will be given to successful "Pat on the Back" applicant organizations at the Pat on the Back Award Ceremony to be held at 7:00pm on Thursday, June 1st, 2017 at the Ojibway Nature Centre.

Examples of eligible projects include, but are not limited to: school greening, re-use, recycling or composting, clean up events, environmental education or advocacy, conservation efforts, environmental art, and native plant or community gardens.

All submissions will pass through two stages before an award winner is selected.

1) A written application form is to be completed and submitted by 4pm on Friday May 19th to All written submissions will be scored by a judging panel and the first round finalists will move on to the second round of screening. Applicants will be notified by Friday May 26th if they are among the finalists.

2) The finalists will present their projects in a 5 minute presentation to the judging panel during the Pat on the Back Award Ceremony at 7:00pm on June 1st at the Ojibway Nature Centre. Following all presentations the judging panel will select the successful four candidates who will be awarded $500 each.

Please ensure a member of your organization is able to attend the Pat on the Back Award Ceremony.

"Pat on the Back" grant funding applications must be received by the Windsor Essex County Environment Committee no later than 4pm on Friday May 19th. Please email your completed application to Averil Parent:

Download Application

Award Winners

2016 Winners

Award Winners Nick Harris of F.J. Breenan Catholic High School, Nathan Binder of Compass Expulsion Program, Tyler Friesen of LDSS EcoTeam and Philippa von Ziegenweidt of Windsor-Essex Community Garden Collaborative with judges Dustin Carey and Mike Nelson

Windsor-Essex Community Garden Collaborative

For supplies to facilitate the expansion of a Seed Lending Library program operated through library branches.

Compass Expulsion Program

For supplies to construct two additional plots at the Wigle Park Community Garden to be run by students who have been expelled from their schools and are in need of novel educational experiences.

F.J. Brennan Catholic High School

For the development of an accessible community garden for special education students.

Leamington District Secondary School EcoTeam

For hardware procurement to develop an app that aids with amphibian sampling in wetlands

Do you have a project you think would be of interest to the Committee?

We are more than happy to accept delegations. Please take a look at our delegation policy and submit a request to our coordinator.

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