The Cabinet Office is inviting organisations to apply to deliver activity aimed at getting more people on the electoral register and increase levels of democratic engagement. Organisations are formally invited to apply for part of the £4.2m aimed at engaging groups which are currently under-represented on the electoral register.
Two new projects have been launched to which the Cabinet Office is inviting bids:
- The Democratic Engagement Innovation Fund – Voluntary and community groups and smaller businesses are invited to come forward with innovative ideas to improve engagement with the democratic process and increase levels of registration.
- Rock Enrol Youth Engagement – Organisations with experience of working with schools, colleges and young people are invited to deliver the Rock Enrol! lesson framework to 16 and 17 year olds in regions across England and Wales, in areas with lower levels of registration for this age group. Cabinet Office developed the lesson framework with the youth-led organisation Bite the Ballot.
The Government is encouraging partnership working between organisations, for instance between charities which do not usually work in the electoral registration field but which have extensive local networks and understanding of specific communities that they could use to encourage people to register to vote.
Organisations must submit Expressions of Interest by 21 August 2013.
The deadline for applications is 3 September 2013.
The opportunities are part of the Cabinet Office Democratic Engagement Programme. More details about the programme can be found here. The projects also support the transition to Individual Electoral Registration.
For further information about the Democratic Engagement Programme, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
For procurement or funding related enquiries, please contact: GPSOpsSouth@gps.gsi.gov.uk