What would you do with $1,000? Change the world of course.
The team behind JustChange really means it – they’re pooling together their own pocket money for the Ottawa community in Canada to change the world. By “change”, no, it doesn’t necessarily mean that they’ll find someone to come up with the next big “microfinance” idea. Instead, they’re betting on the power of small groups of people with simple ideas that may or may not spark incredible breakthroughs. Who knows?
Every two months, this 12-person team opens a call for ideas to seek individuals and organizations who are providing positive social, environmental, and/or economic outcomes in the city of Ottawa. Figuring their money is better spent on supporting great ideas than a weekend night out, they give $1,000 grants twice a month for the purpose of accelerating those ideas.
Their first grant went to Bailey Reid, the founder of Sisters Achieving Excellence, a program providing literacy, job, and leadership skills to at-risk young women. Other grantees tackle the challenges of unemployment among immigrant women and providing youth with programming skills.
Their latest grantee has an environmental focus. Hoping to make Ottawa cleaner, CigBins is an idea to move cigarette butts away from landfills while providing improved disposal facilities.
JustChange is currently looking for new ideas this October, which means they’re inviting you to apply online for a chance at grabbing their pocket money.
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