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Welcome to the Access to Elected Office for Disabled People Fund

The Access to Elected Office for Disabled People Fund offers individual grants of between £250 and £40,000 to disabled people who are planning to stand for election.

The grants help meet the additional support needs that a disabled person has that are associated with their disability. Without this support, a disabled person may face an additional barrier in the selection and campaign processes compared with a non-disabled person.

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Am I eligible?

You can apply for money from the fund if you can:

  • confirm you are eligible to stand for office under the requirements of electoral law, which are set out in the Electoral Commission’s guidance
  • provide evidence relating to your disability, and
  • show us evidence that you have been involved or interested in civic, community or other relevant activities.

This fund is for additional disability-related costs that you have to pay as part of standing for an election. It is not for general costs that any election candidate needs to meet and it also does not cover general living costs.

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