The 3rd annual pond and garden tour is Friday September 18 and Saturday September 19, 2015.
We’re seeking non profit applications to win a therapeutic waterfall, stream and garden from Grand Valley Garden Village, Aquascape, and Inspired Landscapes. It’s the charitable aspect of the event, and a different non profit is selected every year. (See photos from last year’s winner at the end of this.)
We strive to keep the application process simple; it’s this easy online submission that’s open for the month of August 2015. If you have applied previously, please do apply again – you may have been second choice and you just don’t know it.
Criteria for non profit applicants:
You’ll also need to upload a photo of the location where you want to see the feature.
We also have 4 extra criteria for the panel of judges for final selection when the running is tight. They are:
1. In house Benefit: How many people have access to the feature.
2. Over all Community Benefit: Is this a private location or open to the public, as in visitors, etc. Who has demonstrated the greatest community building in their neighbourhoods so that the most people can benefit? (This in no way affects the entries for private areas; it may be pertinent to tighten the final selection process.)
4. Funding Capability: Finally, it was important to the judge’s panel that this gift not place any non profit in a position of struggling to find additional funding for the ‘readiness’ criteria. What if this was part of an overall dream or plan that hadn’t already received funding? If the feature was to enhance funding applications for improvements later on, what would the time frame for that be? And so on.
(Believe me; I understand the irony of the Funding Capability.)
All this to say that we’ve learned a lot in the first two years, clearly in thanks to your applications. We now realize important components that affect the selection process that we had not originally been able to foresee.
The healing benefits of moving water and gardens are well documented. Please do share this with any non profits you know who would appreciate a gift of this nature. (Value of prize is $15,000.)
Here are the before and after photos of last year’s winner: KW Habilitation on University in Waterloo, Ontario.