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If you are disabled and want to stand for elected office there is money available.


The Access to Elected Office Fund offers individual grants of between 250 and 40,000 to disabled people who want to be selected as candidates for an election, or who are standing for election.


This fund is for additional disability-related costs that you have to pay as part of standing for an election. It is not for general costs that any election candidate needs to meet such as campaigning costs (like leaflets). It also does not cover general living costs.


Local elections include county council, Isles of Scilly, City of London, London boroughs, Metropolitan districts, Shire districts, two-tier districts, and single tier districts. Parish council elections are not covered by the fund.


This fund existed until May 2015 and it is hoped that it will be renewed.

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There is an online training course about standing for elected office which you can see here.

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