G8 is a grant scheme supported by the Federal, English, Scottish and Welsh parties. It is managed by the G8 committee and administered by ALDC.
Grants for the 2022 local elections
The application process for wards in England and Wales will open on Monday 11 October and close at 4pm on Thursday 11 November.
This year’s G8 is being used to support local campaigning by providing two free direct mail drops to key voters in your ward – in England this must be to your “squeeze” group. The letters will be produced by our print partners, Election Workshop, and delivered by Royal Mail to voters in early February and early March 2022.
Please note that G8 is only for elections to principal local authorities, so cannot be used to support local authority by-elections, mayoral elections or parish/town/community council elections. There is a separate fund for parish/community elections in 2022.
ENGLAND AND WALES
G8 will pay for two items of direct mail to be delivered to targeted voters in your ward in 2022. We will provide templates and can also provide artwork support and help with your data.
The deadline for applications is 4pm on Thursday 11 November.
The full criteria for wards in England and Wales:
G8 funding can only support council candidates who have been formally selected, via your local party’s approval and selection process.
The G8 Committee will prioritise teams who have used the summer months to knock on doors/make phone calls to gather voter ID data on Connect. In England the Committee is looking for data showing significant “squeeze” pools of third and fourth party voters.
The seat must be a realistic gain, or in some circumstances a ‘difficult defence’.
G8 will support a maximum of two wards per council area, or 10% of seats up, whichever is greater.
Scottish wards will benefit from a separate scheme, recognising that Scottish local elections are fought under the Single Transferable Vote system.
The Scottish G8 funding scheme to help fund local election campaigns is now open. The funding is designed to help with target wards and difficult defences.
For the funding next year, we are going to use this to help pay for supplementary literature to your campaign. We will need to see a suitably ambitious campaign plan and it needs to be in a ward that is winnable.
We would ask you complete your application as soon as possible and for it to be sent in before the deadline of 30 November.
G8 funding is also used to reduce the price of the first 125 places at each Kickstart Weekend, to make this training as affordable as possible for members. In recent years, it has also been used to fund the Future Leaders programme.