Ethical Behavior in Local Government

The Murray and Agnes Seasongood Good Government Foundation was established by the Cincinnati civic reformer and his wife to continue their lifelong devotion to the causes of good local government, citizen participation in public affairs, and the merit system for public employees. The primary purpose of the Foundation is to further good government with special emphasis on local governments in Greater Cincinnati. The Foundation makes grants to 501(c)(3) charitable and educational organizations.

During the past year, several government leaders in the City of Cincinnati have been charged with various forms of corruption, including bribery and attempted extortion. One official facing these charges is too many; multiple officials indicate that there are serious problems in our local government. In short, these cases have reinforced the need to return to the good government ideals to which the Murray and Agnes Seasongood Good Government Foundation is committed.

Some members of the Cincinnati City Council have already come forward with ideas to help return to our good government ideals. Knowing that ideas for reform already exist and more will likely be announced in the near future, and that the city will hold elections in 2021, the Seasongood Foundation is seeking a proposal to lead and facilitate a community conversation about the definition of the corruption problem, the alternative possible responses, and a course of action that will address the current challenge from a good government perspective. This perspective should reflect the diversity of ideas and opinions of the broader Cincinnati community rather than the individual perspective of one or two current elected leaders or political parties.

In 2021, the Seasongood Foundation will issue a grant of up to $25,000 to lead and facilitate a community conversation around the critical issue of ethical behavior in local government.

Factors that will be important for trustees in considering proposals:
  1. Consortium of organizations committed to the proposal
  2. Defined process including expected participants and ideas
  3. Designated Project Manager
  4. Clear timeline for completion in 90 days from grant approval
  5. Research capacity of the organization(s) involved

Submission details

Interested organizations are encouraged to submit an online application and estimated project budget at the link below. If you have questions about this Request for Proposals or about the application form, please contact Seasongood Foundation Manager Annemarie Henkel at or 513-401-6380. If you have trouble accessing the form, please contact Patrick Points at

Key Dates

January 25, 2021
February 25, 2021
March 15, 2021

Request for Proposals link goes live
Proposals due by 5:00 pm
Grant recipient notified