Why we need your donations

We set up the ALDC Fighting Fund in order to reverse the recent trend where we have more ‘black holes’ (areas with no Liberal Democrat councillors); are standing in fewer council seats; and are contesting fewer local authority by-elections.

Liberal Democrat success starts through local level action and campaigning.

We know from decades of experience that even a small group of activists can kickstart the success needed to one-day win council seats and MPs. We need more of this local level campaigning, but the danger is, we’re seeing less and that’s where our Fighting Fund – and your generosity – come in.

Small donations are the lifeblood of our party.

Pledging a regular donation, no matter how small, is the surest way to help us make our Fighting Find a success. Regular donations allow us to plan our activities and allocate funds in advance with the knowledge that the resources will be there to help build campaigns over the long-term and not be just a quick fix. A regular donation is the perfect way to make a sustainable, affordable and practical contribution to our vital work.

Sir Andrew Stunell

“Priding ourselves on our independence from big business and trade union funding means that Liberal Democrats have never been strangers to tight finances. Our local campaigning has always been based on the generosity of our members and supporters.”

ALDC’s Fighting Fund will enable campaigners to reach out to new places and new communities, laying the foundations for our future success.

What your donations are spent on

Donations to our Fighting Fund are spent helping Lib Dem campaigners fight key local government by-elections and to support campaigners starting out in development areas. The money goes towards:

  • Local by-election fast track grant
  • Volunteer by-election phone bank
  • Start-up grants

Find out more/apply for a grant >


There are no spare party resources to fund development work. Existing funds help established teams and focus on priority areas. Only the donations of our members and supporters can help us bridge this gap.

Fighting fund

We set-up the ALDC Fighting Fund to help Lib Dem campaigners fight key local government by-elections and to get campaigns going in development areas. We are currently accepting applications for grants from this fund.

Find out more/apply for a grant >

Legacy giving

Some people choose to donate to a cause close to their hearts. We would be proud to accept a legacy gift from anyone wishing to support our work, so that we can ensure Liberal Democrats continue to play a key role in local government.

Find out more about legacy giving >