Welcome to the Access to Elected Office for Disabled People Fund
The Access to Elected Office for Disabled People Fund offers individual grants 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 and their participation in a range of activity which is essential to participating in the selection and election processes. Without this support, a disabled person may face an additional barrier in the selection and campaign processes compared with a non-disabled person.
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 participating in activity which is essential to 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. The fund administers grants of between £250 and £40,000. However the fund is a limited pot and larger grants (for example, £40,000) are administered on exceptional cases only, where applicants face and can demonstrate significant additional disability related costs.
Is there a cut-off date for applications?
If you’re applying for a grant from the Fund, you’ll need to send us your application by the cut-off date, Tuesday 31st March 2015, for it to be considered for funding.
Applications for funding can be submitted until the end of March 2015, and final grant expenses payments will be made in early July 2015.
You can find out more about the fund on our ‘About the Fund’ page. If you would like to put in an application for funding, you can find out about the process on the ‘Apply’ page, or is you would like to speak with a member of the team you can contact us for more information.
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