Bright Ideas Funding

Do you have a bright idea to reduce loneliness amongst older people in your community?

Bright Ideas allows community organisations in Cheshire West and Chester to access funding to help reduce loneliness and social isolation amongst older people. We believe that the best interventions are locally-based, so we want you to tell us what you believe could help reduce loneliness in your area.

£250,000 of Bright Ideas funding will be awarded in four rounds:

  • Summer 2016 funding was awarded to:
    • Abbotswood  Digital Peer Training (£2,500 Bright Ideas)
    • Muir Housing Brighter Days (£5,596 Bright Ideas)
    • OPAL (Older People Active Lives) New Horizons (£8,752 Bright Ideas)
    • OPAL (Older People Active Lives) What’s Cooking (£8,425 Bright Ideas)
    • Body Positive Silver Rainbows (£20,500 Bright Ideas)
  • Spring 2017
  • Autumn 2017
  • Spring 2018.

Who can apply?

Bright Ideas funding is open to individuals as well as existing community organisations operating in the Cheshire West and Chester region and is supported by workshops to help you submit your application.  All types of community organisations can apply (not just those that exist for the exclusive benefit of older people), providing applicants can clearly show how their project idea will help address social isolation amongst people aged 50 and over.

How can I find out more?

Call 01606 884444

Watch our Bright Ideas short film 


Ask a question on our FAQ Funding Forum


How will the funding be distributed?

Brightlife is pioneering a unique method of commissioning to allow ideas from local individuals and smaller community groups to be heard.  Very often, wonderful ideas from the heart of a community are stifled before they’ve had chance to be fully considered, developed and funded.  We want Brightlife to be different.

Our goal is to encourage diversity, broaden reach, ignite creativity and create a movement that will put older people in the spotlight. With older people at the centre of everything we do, our Older People’s Alliance will be making the decisions about how the £250,000 Bright Ideas funding will be allocated over the four competition cycles as well as how it will be distributed within communities.

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