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Electoral Commission launches grant scheme to encourage involvement in democracy

Electoral Commission launches grant scheme to encourage involvement in democracy

A new scheme being launched by The Electoral Commission is inviting applications for grants to engage some of the most disenfranchised people in the UK and to encourage their participation in the democratic process.

The Commission will be awarding grants of up to £300,000 over three years for projects that encourage participation among young people outside formal education, people from ethnic minority communities and people with disabilities.

The new grants scheme will replace the Commission’s New Initiatives Fund which has funded projects such as Voluntary Action Leicester’s Active Voices – workshops for people with learning disabilities; and CEWC-Cymru’s Training for Democracy project in Wales – supporting teachers and young people in citizenship education.

The scheme will be open for applications on 10th April 2006. Application forms will be available online.

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