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

2019 promises to be a huge set of elections for Liberal Democrats – with nearly 9,000 vacancies – this could be a real opportunity to build on last year’s gains. The G8 Committee is now accepting applications for its second and final round of grants (the first round ended in early October).

They are available for those with 2019 elections and the deadline is 9am on Friday 30 November. If you applied for first-round grants, you can apply again. It doesn’t matter if you were successful or unsuccessful.

The grant will pay directly for squeeze letters, postal vote recruitment mailings or postal voter letters which will be posted in February and March.

Find out about the criteria and how to apply >.

 

ALDC Local Election Appeal fund

Our 2019 appeal is now live.

Donate to our Local Election Appeal >

The appeal criteria are 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.

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 >