The EnAble Fund – funding to enable people with disabilities stand for elected office

The EnAble Fund for Elected Office is intended to cover the additional financial costs associated with a disability or health condition, that would otherwise prevent someone from seeking elected office. The Fund, which has a total budget of £250,000, is provided by the Government Equalities Office and is administered by Disability Rights UK. The Fund was launched on 3rd December 2018, the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

The Fund can cover the cost of the reasonable adjustments required to enable someone to stand for elected office. This could include items such as BSL interpreters, Assistive Technology, a Personal Assistant to assist with specific tasks, or taxi fares where other modes of transport are not appropriate. The EnAble Fund for Elected Office runs until May 2020 and is therefore primarily intended to support disabled people seeking election in the Local Elections in May 2019 and the Police and Crime Commissioner Elections in May 2020.

Applicants to the Fund must have a physical or mental impairment that has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on their ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.

Applicants must also have a genuine intention to seek elected office, for an election that takes place during the timescale of the fund. These will include Local Government Elections in May 2109 and Police and Crime Commissioner Elections in May 2020.

Further information about the Fund is available on the Disability Rights website and at GOV.UK.