Thank you for your interest. Applications are now closed.

JustChange Ottawa, a micro-granting chapter of JustChange Canada, is a group of 12 individuals in Ottawa who collectively pool their own funds ($50/month each), release a call for great ideas (a Request For Proposals) and give a $1,000 grant bi-monthly in support of a proposal for social change, environmental sustainability and/or economic development in our city.

Our micro-granting chapter began five years ago when 12 friends came together with a new way to make giving back to our communities simple and fun. Since then we have given out $25, 000 to accelerate great ideas in our community, celebrated with 24 JustDrinks events, and formed life long connections and friendships with our fellow board members.

It is time for some of our members to move on to their next challenge and we’re looking to bring on up to four new people, in September 2017, who are passionate about Ottawa and helping to create the change they want to see.


Being on the board has its benefits (#Boardperks)

  • Become a micro-philanthropist and experiment with new forms of giving in order to give local ideas for social change, environmental sustainability and economic development a chance
  • Get professional development opportunities that include speaking engagements, media relations, strategic planning and event planning.
  • Enhance your networks by working collaboratively with a diverse group of progressive individuals; use your existing networks and skills to support the grantees and their great ideas
  • Make change in your city by supporting ideas and moving forward the issues that you care about


Interested in applying? The ideal candidate is…

  • Passionate about our city and aware of environmental issues and/or social innovation, social enterprise and economic development in Ottawa
  • Between the age of 20 to 30 and interested and able to commit their…
  1. Money – contributing $600/year ($50/month
  2. Time – donating 5 to 10 hours per month – participating in bi-monthly application review, board meetings and the execution of our JustDrinks event where the grantee is celebrated and the award given and supporting the board administratively and with their communications and promotional efforts
  3. Networking skills and networks to advance great ideas in the city of Ottawa
  • Excited by the prospect of challenging fellow board members on decisions in support of the values and mission of JustChange.
  • A leader and doer who is able to motivate others to keep the granting cycle (from the call for great ideas to the selection of grantees and the awarding of grants) on track.
  • Able to move beyond the controversial and find a way to move forward conversations on contentious issues understanding that perfection and consensus is rare when advancing solutions for complex social and environmental problems.
  • Knowledge of communications, marketing, event planning, and/or social media is a major plus!


How to Apply

Tell us about yourself via a one-pager including your professional development goals and what makes you a good fit. Send your one-pager to and include a link to your LinkedIn profile (preferred) or your CV before June 30, 2017.

Want to learn more about who we are and what we do? Come meet our board members and most recent grantees at our #JustDrinks events (June 13th 2017!). Have questions or want to speak to a board member one on one before you apply? Send an email to

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED. Please contact if you have any questions.

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