The Challenge Fund

Supporting campaigns for better local democracy
Grant funding for local groups and voluntary organisations

The Challenge Fund

The Electoral Reform Society Challenge Fund provides support and funding to local groups and voluntary organisations campaigning to improve local democracy in the UK.

The Challenge Fund supports projects which highlight the need for an improved democracy or demonstrate ways that democracy can work better, particularly at a local level.

Are you part of a local group with a great idea about how to improve local democracy in your area? Apply for Challenge funding now...

Challenge Fund projects may include:

  • Direct campaigns for electoral reform which aim to convince political representatives or the wider public of the need for reform in a local area
  • Campaigns to combat situations when the existing democratic structures and representatives are not responding to local voices, particularly where they are ranged against more powerful and better resourced interests
  • Activity that improves the connectivity and infrastructure of local groups working on democracy issues
  • Campaigns that highlight the shortfalls and weakness of the First Past the Post System

For more information about what Challenge Funding can be used for see our Challnge Fund FAQs.


Apply now

Each group can apply for up to £500 per campaign idea. You should submit your project or campaign idea

Before you submit your application check out our Challenge Fund FAQs and top tips for Challenge Fund applications

All successful applicants will be asked to agree to the Challenge Fund Terms & Conditions.

For more information about the Challenge Fund and your application see our Frequently Asked Questions. You can also email us at ers@electoral-reform.org.uk or call 020 7928 1622.