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


EnAble Fund for Elected Office - Providing support for disabled candidates


The EnAble Fund for Elected Office is intended to cover the additional financial costs associated with a disability, that would otherwise prevent someone from seeking elected office.   


The Fund is provided by the Government Equalities Office and is administered by Disability Rights UK. The Fund was launched on 3rd December 2018.


For more information see: here



There was a previous scheme, the Access to Elected Office fund, which existed until May 2015.


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


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



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