The Access to Elected Office Fund offers individual grants of between £250 and £20,000 to disabled people who want to be selected as candidates for an election, or who are standing for election.
The 2010 cross-Party Speaker’s Conference Report on increasing diversity in political life identified that disabled people continue to be under-represented in our political institutions. Yet they have valuable skills, insights and experiences to contribute to local and central government.
To address the under-representation of disabled people at local and national levels, the Government, in partnership with the disability sector and main parties, developed the Access to Elected Office Strategy, including a new £2.6 million grant fund.
The grants help meet the additional disability related costs that a disabled person incurs as part of standing for selection or election, for example, additional travel expenses, or carer support.
If this support were not provided, a disabled person may face an additional barrier in the selection and campaign processes compared to a non-disabled person.
The Fund is administered independently of Government and provides support for disabled people who want to stand either for political parties or as independent candidates for the following elections and by-elections: UK Westminster elections, English local authority elections, English Mayoral elections and elections for Police and Crime Commissioners.
Find out more about the Access to Elected Office Fund and how to apply by visiting www.access-to-elected-office-fund.org.uk or by following @ATEOFund on Twitter.
You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 08458 645340.