Seamus founded The OpenGov Foundation to bridge the gap between citizens and government. They build and implement tools that enable elected officials and staff to meaningfully engage, at scale, with those they represent, and citizens to see, shape and understand the critical decisions that affect their lives, their families and their businesses.
We support Seamus because open governance at every level is a key component of an open society. While important, it is also logistically and politically complex. His work in exploring how 21st century tools could be used to good effect is an important building block.
Twice a year we award a number of small grants to a collection of social change agents, no strings attached, in support of their work. We call these Flash Grants and recipients are selected based on nominations from our Fellows. Each award is worth $5,000.
At the heart of our co-investment fellowship model is the principle that Fellows continue to invest in their own ideas. The Foundation amplifies the Fellow’s investment by matching it at least tenfold, along with covering the cost of their time for the year.
The figures you see here do not reflect each Fellow’s fellowship year funding, but rather the funds unlocked within each calendar year, as the fellowship years start either March or September and Fellows are not required to spend the available funds proportionately throughout the year.