See this year’s awarded participants HERE.  

Since November, millions of people are in motion, seeking to engage elected officials and shift public opinion, joining hundreds of national and local groups. Many of these groups were just founded and are rapidly growing, while others have longstanding experience working on key issues and are suddenly enjoying an influx of volunteers and resources.

At the center of all of this activity are organizers, often working in isolation from home or in challenging settings like crowded coffee shops or impersonal coworking spaces, where they miss out on many forms of mutual support, including skill-sharing, connections and problem-solving.

Civic Hall, through the support of the Craig Newmark Foundation, wants to change that dynamic by offering individuals currently organizing to defend democracy and civil rights free memberships in our collaborative community center, along with mentoring and support amplifying their messages across our platform.

The initial program will run from August 1, 2017 through January 31,  2018. 

Each organizer in this program will receive a full-time 6-month community membership in Civic Hall, five hours free conference room time per month (suitable for bringing in team members for periodic meetings).

At the center of the residency will be a biweekly master class led by Seth Godin in leadership development; strategy and tactics; storytelling, narrative and marketing.  Participants will also receive one-on-one mentoring support from Civic Hall’s co-founders Micah Sifry and Andrew Rasiej, who together have decades of organizing, leadership and fundraising experience.


–Demonstrate a high level of commitment to efforts defending democracy and civil society.

–Commit to be physically resident at Civic Hall at least 50% time, including all master class sessions.

–As with all people in our general scholarship program, participants will also be expected to contribute to larger the Civic Hall community by actively participating in community events and offering workshop or skill shares at least once a quarter.

Civic Hall envisions a future where the use of technology by all creates a more democratic, just, and equitable society. We actively seek a diverse pool of applicants from or who have worked closely with historically marginalized groups, including but not limited to people with disabilities, people of color, LGBTQ people, first- or second-generation immigrants, and people from low-income families. When applying, please include information about your unique background.


Applications are currently closed. We will open applications for the next round in the late fall.