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About the programme

Introduction

The Greater London Authority (GLA) Social Integration team is running the Voter ID Awareness Campaign Grants as part of its Civic and Democratic Participation Programme. The grant programme is linked to the GLA’s wider Voter ID public awareness campaign to raise awareness in London of the equality implications of the Voting System Changes brought in by the Election Act (2022), namely the impact on under-registered and under-represented Londoners of the introduction of photo Voter ID and the changes to the voting rights of some EU Londoners.

The grant programme is funding civil society equity-led groups to deliver targeted awareness-raising and related informational activity in trusted community settings for London’s most under-registered and under-represented communities, those most likely to be impacted by these changes. Grants are available from £10,000 to £15,000.

By equity-led, we mean at least 50% of an organisation’s management (trustees and senior management) and staff identify with one or more of the identities listed below and have experience of the civic and democratic barriers they are trying to address.

GLA analysis has highlighted the following groups to be most impacted:

  • Young Londoners (18–25-year-olds)
  • Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic and migrant Londoners, including EU Londoners
  • Deaf and disabled Londoners
  • Older Londoners
  • LGBTQ+ Londoners, with a focus on trans and non-binary Londoners
  • Low-income Londoners
  • Social and private renting Londoners

Based on GLA City Intelligence research, GLA – commissioned YouGov polling and insight from London communities themselves, we know that:

  • Just a third of Londoners are aware of the upcoming photo ID requirement in order to vote (GLA/ YouGov poll, August 2022)
  • 1 in 10 Londoners (11%) do not hold a form of approved photo voter ID specified in the Elections Act (GLA/ YouGov poll, August 2022)
  • Half a million (around 550,000) Londoners do not possess a passport (GLA City Intelligence, Detailed EU/EFTA Passport held - Ward Tool, 2018)
  • Over two and a half million (over 2,600,000) Londoners do not have a full driving licence. Females are less likely to have a driving licence (42%) compared with males (32%). (GLA City  Intelligence, National Travel Survey, 2019)
  • One in four (26 per cent) Londoners aged between 60 and 65 do not have an Oyster photocard (GLA City Intelligence, TfL, active cards in 2022)
  • Only around one in five (18%) disabled Londoners would be able to present a Freedom Pass as ID, if required (GLA City Intelligence, Taxicard and Freedom Pass usage statistics 2020 - 21, London Councils)
  • One in five Black Londoners and one in three EU Londoners are not registered to vote and risk being disproportionately impacted by the Voting System Changes (Survey of Londoners, GLA,  2019, and further data and testimonies available in the report London Voices: The Journey to Full Participation, Trust for London and the 3 Million, Dec 2021)
  • Stonewall found that 12% of LGBTQ+ people do not own any usable photo ID, compared with just 4% of the general population. Nearly two in five trans respondents and over a third of non-binary respondents have previously experienced problems getting their ID accepted (Stonewall and LGBT Foundation: LGBTQ+ Voter ID Report, 2021)
  • Combining those without photo ID with those who do have photo ID, but say they would not be recognisable from the photo, around 1.7 million low-income adults across the UK are at risk of becoming disenfranchised (Joseph Rowntree Foundation research, Feb 2022).

What are the aims of the programme?

The grant programme aims to:

  • Raise awareness and increase understanding among Londoners from under-registered and under-represented communities about the changes to their civic and democratic rights.
  • Raise awareness and increase understanding among Londoners from under-registered and under-represented communities about the changes to their civic and democratic rights.
  • Ensure all eligible Londoners have a suitable form of photo identification to vote in the May 2024 elections, be it in person, by post or proxy and for those who cannot afford or cannot apply for a photo Voter ID, to make sure they apply for a free Voter Authority Certificate.

What support is available for applicants?

Groundwork are managing the administration of the grant programme and are on hand to support all applicants and grantees. Groundwork are available to speak to you over the phone and via email, with the possibility of face-to-face meetings, if necessary. We can provide advice around partnerships, volunteers, budgeting, marketing and communications, and other areas. If you have questions or queries on the grant programme or on the legal guidelines and impartiality requirements, please email VoterIDGrants@groundwork.org.uk or call 020 7239 1390.

Funding is available, up to £5,000, to provide accessibility support during the application process and beyond. This support will be provided on a case by case basis so we can offer tailored support. If this applies to you, or you are a Deaf and disabled-led organisation and need additional accessibility support, please email VoterIDGrants@groundwork.org.uk or call 020 7239 1390.

Groundwork will be holding online application workshops to provide advice and support to all applicants. This is an opportunity to learn about the grant programme, what projects can be supported, who may be eligible and answer any questions you may have about the fund. If you would like to attend, please register using the links below or on the Groundwork website:

Wednesday 23rd November 2022, 12:00 – 13:30 - REGISTER NOW

Monday 28th November 2022, 17:30 – 19:00 – REGISTER NOW