G8

G8 is a grant scheme supported by funds from the Federal, English, Scottish and Welsh Liberal Democrats. It’s managed by the G8 committee, which consists of one representative from the Federal, Scottish, Welsh, ALDC and three from the English party. The party president appoints the chair and we serve the committee.

Kickstart subsidy: G8 funding is used to reduce the price of the first 125 places at each Kickstart Weekend. In recent years, it has also been used to fully fund the ‘future leaders’ programme.

Grants – early G8 help: 2019 promises to be a huge set of elections for Liberal Democrats – with nearly 9000 vacancies this could be a real opportunity to build on last year’s gains.

The G8 Committee is offering early grants to help wards campaign in the 2019 local elections. Anyone with local elections in 2019 can apply. There will be a second (larger) round of grants later in the autumn for campaigning at the start of 2019.

The grant will pay directly for additional posted squeeze letters, letters to postal voters or postal voter recruitment packs and will depend on the size of your ward and the number of candidates.

If you are successful you will hear back from us by Thursday 4 October.

To be eligible you must have:

  • Candidate(s) in place.
  • Realistic chance of gaining the seat (or a very difficult defence)*
  • Be able to show delivery of literature has been taking place in summer 2018 and a literature plan is in place up to the elections.
  • Knocking on doors has been taking place in summer 2018 and a plan of door-knocking and phoning voters is in place up to the elections.
  • You have agreed a clear and realistic strategy across the authority for the 2019 elections and which wards will be targeted.

(* We will only fund difficult defences if, across the authority as a whole, there is a plan to move forward and gain seats.)

To apply to be part of this G8 scheme, please complete this form.

We would appreciate just one form from each local authority but you can apply for as many wards as you wish that are eligible.

Grants – main round: We will be launching the larger main tranche of applications in November and even if you are successful in the early round, you will be also able to apply again for mailings in February and March.

 

ALDC Fighting Fund

Our Fighting Fund is made up entirely of individual donations. Find out more about making a donation and the difference your donation can make.

The ALDC Management Committee set the criteria for Fighting Fund grants with day-to-day management delegated to the Chief Executive. The fund spends what has been donated and grants can be made when money is available.

 

Local by-election fast track grant

The grant can be requested if you have a by-election in a marginal ward that you stand a genuine chance of winning, or is a realistic ward to gain within the next council cycle.

Criteria:

  • Only one application per year per council area
  • Person making application is a member of ALDC
  • The candidate must be a member of ALDC
  • Average grant of £200

Apply for fast track grant >

 

Volunteer by-election phone bank support

We run a weekly phone bank that is funded by the Fighting Fund. You can access the phone bank if you have a by-election in a marginal ward that you stand a genuine chance of winning, or is a realistic ward to gain within the next council cycle.

Criteria:

  • Only one application per year per council area
  • Person making application is a member of ALDC
  • The candidate must be a member of ALDC
  • Must be on Connect

Apply for phone bank support >

 

Start-up grants

We provide advice, training and a small start-up grant to help a new team starting out to get going. This is available to council areas or local parties with less than two Lib Dem councillors at present and amount to £200.

Apply for a start up grant >

 

ALDC Local Election Appeal fund

Our 2019 appeal is now live.

Donate to our Local Election Appeal >

The appeal criteria is set by the ALDC management committee with day-to-day management delegated to the Chief Executive. The fund spends whatever’s been donated.

The 2018 appeal raised £8,706 to spend on direct mail to postal voters in 34 battleground wards, helping 58 seats, of which 36 people won.