Rural Change Makers Application

Are you interested in making a difference in your rural community?

  • Are you between 18 and 35 and live in rural Ontario?
  • Do you want to be part of a network of Rural Change Makers from across the province?

If you answered yes, we invite you to apply for the  for the 2023 Rural Change Maker program.  

Application deadline is July 15th, 2023. 


If you have any questions reach out to Melanie Bidiuk at

 Nominate the Change Maker in your community to be a part of ROI's 2023 Rural Change Makers program by filling out our nomination form below.


By applying to this initiative you acknowledge that:


  • you agree to participate in a secure online networking platform with other Rural Change Makers;
  • you will attend the two-day getting started and network seminar (in-person/virtual options) with other Rural Change Makers;
  • you will complete pre-session reading and information collection to be able to actively participate in webinars;
  • you agree to attend and complete the learning labs in the Rural Change Makers program;
  • you will attend the two-day Ignite practice seminar (in-person/virtual options) with other Rural Change Makers, and
  • you will work within your community to identify a key priority and mobilize others to address this priority.
In return you will receive:


  • Access to all learning and development opportunities both online and in-person;
  • Certification in Rural Community Building Essentials  upon successful completion of the project; 
  • a resource network of change-makers and supporters, and
  • an extraordinary opportunity to become a leader within your own community!