Innovation in Democracy Programme: Expression of Interest (EoI)

Information for local authorities on how to submit an Expression of Interest (EoI) to take part in the Innovation in Democracy Programme.



The Department for Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport (DCMS) and the Ministry for Housing, Communities, and Local Government invites organisations to express interest in taking part in the Innovation in Democracy Programme (IiDP).

The IiDP will involve citizens in decision making at local government level through innovative models of participatory democracy. We are looking to support to 8-10 local authorities to open up a policy decision to citizen deliberation through a Citizens’ Assembly process, complemented by a digital strategy to extend the reach, transparency, and accountability of the process.

To support the successful local authorities to implement the Citizens’ Assemblies and civic tech, we will be providing up to £60,000 to cover costs and you will have the assistance of an expert Democracy Support Contractor.

The IiDP will run from January 2019 to March 2020.

The documents provided here are:

  • the expression of interest form
  • guidance on how to fill out the form and further information about the programme
  • a document answering the Frequently Asked Questions that arose from the Innovation in Democracy introductory events held at the end of November

The deadline for submitting your EoI is 23:59 on Friday 4 January 2019.

All materials used at the introductory events can be found here

Published 21 November 2018
Last updated 6 December 2018 + show all updates
  1. FAQs document added; link to introductory workshop materials added

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