About the programme - phase two
The Greater London Authority (GLA) is awarding 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).
Phase one of the Voter ID Awareness Campaign ran from January to March 2023. Read more here Grant Awards - phase one
Phase two of the grant programme is funding civil society equity-led groups between £25,000 and £50,000 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 the changes. Projects run from August 2023 to February 2024
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
- D/deaf and disabled Londoners
- Older Londoners
- LGBTQ+ Londoners, with a focus on trans and non-binary Londoners
- Low-income Londoners
- Homeless, social and private renting Londoners
what are the aims of the programme?
The aims of the Voter ID community grants programme - phase two are:
- To deliver impartial awareness raising and informational activity on the voting system changes in trusted community settings at local level and pan-London
- To raise awareness among Londoners from under-registered and under-represented communities, disproportionally impacted by the pandemic and cost-of-living crisis, and ensure they do not lose their voice and their vote by supporting them to register to vote, apply for an approved photo Voter ID or the free Voter Authority Certificate.
- To grow the number, capacity and resilience of civil society organisations operating in the democracy sector by addressing the chilling effects of charity and electoral law and ensuring civil and democratic participation is embedded in their ongoing/ future activity and as a longer-term legacy of the programme
What support is available for applicants?
Groundwork London manages the administration of the grant programme and provides advice around partnerships, volunteers, budgeting, marketing and communications, impartiality and other areas.
There is a funding pot of £27,000 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.
Shout Out UK will provide training to all grantees on impartiality and political literacy.