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 2023 local elections
The application process for principal councils with local elections in 2023 will open on Monday 3 October and close at 4pm on Wednesday 30 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 – usually 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 2023.
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 council elections.
2023 G8 Scheme
G8 will pay for two items of direct mail to be delivered to targeted voters in your ward in early 2023. We will provide templates and can also provide artwork support and help exporting your data from Connect.
The deadline for applications is 12 noon on Wednesday 30 November.
The full criteria for wards in England:
G8 funding can only support council candidates who have been formally selected, via your local party’s approval and selection process.. We will only support teams that aim to field a ‘full slate’ of candidates – i.e. local parties that agree pre-election pacts with the Greens and other parties will not be eligible for grant.
The G8 Committee will prioritise funding for ward teams who have used the summer months to knock on doors/make phone calls to gather voter ID data on Connect. The Committee also wants to support candidates from groups currently underrepresented in local government.
The seat must be a realistic gain, or in some circumstances a ‘difficult defence’.The seat must be a realistic gain, or in limited circumstances a ‘difficult defence’ (e.g. defending a by-election gain).
G8 will support a maximum of two wards per council area, or 10% of seats up, whichever is greater.