G8

What is G8?

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 2021 local elections

In 2021, G8 money is being used to support 86 council candidates – across 46 different council areas – with additional funding for tabloid newspapers for hand-delivery in many shire counties, or former counties that are now unitary authorities.

What has G8 funded in previous years?

In 2019, the G8 Committee funded squeeze letters, postal vote recruitment mailings and postal voter letters, timed to arrive with voters before the formal start of the election campaign.

Kickstart Subsidy

G8 funding is 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.

ALDC Local Election Appeal 2021

We want to raise £40,000 to support 200 candidates in wards we’re seeking to gain from the other parties.

In 2019, the Local Election Appeal supported 25,000 pieces of direct mail, delivered by Royal Mail to postal voters in key target wards in every English region. The funding helped 91 local campaigns, helping to elect 72 new councillors.

Donate to the Local Election Appeal 2021 >

ALDC Fighting Fund Grant

Our Fighting Fund consists entirely of individual donations. Find out more about making a donation and the difference your donation could make.

There are two types of Fighting Fund grant:

  1. By-election fast track grant: if you have a local by-election that we stand a realistic chance of winning.
  2. Start-up grant: designed for council wards we are targeting to gain during the current electoral cycle, in a local party/council area with two or fewer councillors.

By-election fast track criteria:

  • The person making the application has to be a member of ALDC.
  • The candidate must be a member of ALDC.
  • Grants will be made following the submission of a plan.
  • Town and parish council candidates are only eligible if standing as a Liberal Democrat.
  • The maximum grant is 50% of the election expenses limit.

Start-up grant criteria:

  • The person making the application has to be a member of ALDC.
  • Grants will be made following the submission of a plan.
  • Town and Parish council candidates are only eligible if standing as a Liberal Democrat.
  • The maximum grant is £200.
  • There must be two or fewer councillors in the council area or local party area.

Apply for a Fighting Fund grant >

The ALDC Management Committee set the criteria for Fighting Fund grants with day-to-day management delegated to the chief executive. The fund spends whatever’s been donated and grants can be made when money is available.

Cllrs Hayleigh Gascoigne and Sarah Medley

Vale of White Horse District Council

“We were both elected for the first time in 2019. We benefited from Local Election Appeal funding in the form of an additional item of direct mail to key postal voters in our ward. Vale of White Horse District Council was formerly Conservative-run, with only 9 Lib Dems out of 38 councillors. The local elections in May 2019 turned this around completely, there are now 30 Lib Dem councillors out of 38! We won all our target seats and then some more, even one of our paper candidates won!”

Cllr Lisa Spivey

 

Cotswold District Council

“Without the financial support from ALDC’s Local Election Appeal, we would never have won a big rural ward like mine. The additional direct mail from ALDC played a huge part in our success in taking control of the District Council in for the first time ever!”

 

Cllr Hannah Kitching

Lib Dem Group Leader Barnsley MBC

“Before 2018 we had no representation at all in Barnsley but we are now the second-biggest party, with four councillors and we’re working hard to win more next year. Our team could not have done this without the advice and support of ALDC – we’ve been to Kickstart twice and we’ve also benefited from Fighting Fund grants.”

 

Cllr Robert Hopkins

City and County of Cardiff

“When an unexpected by-election came up in Cardiff last summer, we know we needed to raise money fast. Within 24 hours of submitting our draft budget and campaign plan to ALDC, a cheque was in the post and we were able to spend more time campaigning and less time raising money. We held the ward with a huge majority – thank you ALDC!”