Electoral Commission awards grants to encourage involvement in democracy

The Electoral Commission has awarded grants totalling over £686,500 over three years for projects to encourage voter registration and participation in the democratic process, among ethnic minority communities.

• Sacoma, a voluntary organisation that serves the education and welfare needs of those from Sub-Saharan Africa and Black and Minority Ethnic communities in the UK, has been awarded £244,480. Its project will provide a series of workshop days, training and information provision events for people from ethnic minorities across England, aiming to help them to understand and participate in the democratic process.

• The Council For Ethnic Minority Voluntary Organisations Scotland (CEMVO) have been awarded £284,920 to deliver a series of training days and workshops to participants across Scotland.

• An Munia Tober is a support group for the Traveller community in Belfast. They have been awarded a grant of £157, 121 to enable them to work with the Traveller community in Northern Ireland. They will run training courses for adults and young people, and will cascade the sessions from Belfast to the rest of Northern Ireland.

Stephen Rooney, Director of Communication at the Electoral Commission said “We are very pleased to award these grants to organisations that will help educate and engage people from ethnic minority communities in the democratic process, and look forward to working with them on some very exciting projects.”

Voter registration rates are lower among people from black and minority ethnic backgrounds, who are three times as likely to be unregistered than white people.

Grants were also awarded to five organisations working with disability groups, United Response, Rethink, Disability Action Northern Ireland, Leonard Cheshire, and Outside the Box; and also four organisations working with young people; YMCA England, Barnado’s North East, British Youth Council and Area43 (Cardigan Youth Project).

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