The Cathy Nevins Memorial Award

*Application and donation links are found below*

A Sub Fund of the Education Foundation of Ottawa and An Endowment Fund within the Community Foundation of Ottawa

Cathy was a dedicated Ottawa-Carleton District School Board teacher, Principal and Superintendent who loved music. These awards have been established in her honor to help ensure music stays alive in the classroom.

Purpose of the Award

The purpose of the Cathy Nevins Memorial Fund is to help with the purchase of instruments, sheet music, and the presentation of workshops.


All elementary schools within the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board are invited to apply for funds to enhance their music program.

Judging/Criteria for Selection of Winner (you will be asked to):

  • Describe the music program, workshop or instrument purchase you are proposing for the upcoming school year;
  • How many students will benefit directly from this investment/project?
  • Identify any measurable and non-measurable outcomes associated with your project;
  • Please note that: A short, written summary of how the funds were used and any other information (including pictures) are required for the awarded school year after your project has been completed.

Eligible students will be selected bi-annually (2021, 2023, 2025) by a committee including the Executive Director of the Education Foundation of Ottawa, and close family and friends of Cathy.


Awards are approximately $500; one application submission per school, please. The total amount of the award is dependent on the endowment fund’s annual earnings.

Application period: Monday, May 15th – Friday, May 26th, 2023.

Apply here.

Donate here; thank you!

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