We know that there are lots of people in our communities with great ideas about how to reduce social isolation and loneliness for people aged over fifty. Brightlife has funds to give to groups and organisations to run projects on our behalf …and one of the ways we do this is through Bright Ideas.
Bright Ideas: Round Two (Autumn 2017)
Brightlife is delighted to announce the second round of its Bright Ideas Funding. In response to feedback we received from the first round of Bright Ideas (Summer 2016), we have altered the application process to make it more accessible and user-friendly. A Bright Ideas Guide and Application Form will take you through each stage of the process. Should you require further support developing your idea, our partners at Chester Voluntary Action (CVA) are on hand to help you at each stage.
In addition to the support offered by Chester Voluntary Action, we host FREE Bright Ideas workshops where applicants can share ideas and ask questions. Whilst the Round 2 workshops have now taken place, we’ll be running more over coming months (sign up for the Brightlife newsletter here to receive details when dates are announced).
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 much funding is available?
Community groups and organisations can apply for any amount between £5,000 and £20,000 to fund a project of up to two years in length. In order to get funded, you need to be able to tick all the boxes on our Bright Ideas Checklist:
If you think your Bright Idea could answer YES to all the above, please download the BRIGHT IDEAS GUIDE and APPLICATION FORM (below) for a step-by-step guide to the application criteria and process.
Who decides who gets funded?
Brightlife’s Older People’s Alliance, a group of trained volunteers, makes the decisions about how the Bright Ideas funding is allocated. 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. Our goal is to encourage diversity, broaden reach, ignite creativity and create a movement that puts older people in the spotlight.
January 2018 Panels
The next round of applications opens on 30th October until the deadline of 15th December. Panel meetings will be on 9th and 18th January.
There will be another update once the current bids have been assessed.
What if my idea isn’t quite ready?
Over the course of the project, £250,000 of Bright Ideas funding will be awarded over three rounds. The first in Summer 2016, the second October 2017, with the third round set to be announced in Spring 2018.
Summer 2016 funding was awarded to:
Abbotswood Digital Peer Training (£2,500)
Muir Housing Brighter Days (£5,596)
OPAL (Older People Active Lives) New Horizons (£8,752)
OPAL (Older People Active Lives) What’s Cooking (£8,425)
Body Positive Silver Rainbows (£20,000)
How can I find out more?
Call Chris Mitchell on 01606 884929 or email email@example.com
The Big Lottery Fund uses National Lottery funding to support Brightlife.
Brightlife is funded until March 2020 to test methods of reducing social isolation in Cheshire West and Chester. It is one of fourteen ‘Ageing Better’ projects across the UK exploring innovative ways to identify and engage with people aged over fifty who are socially isolated. Brightlife is managed and supported by a partnership, led by Age UK Cheshire, which brings together public, voluntary, community and faith organisations from across Cheshire West and Chester. Brightlife is being evaluated by the University of Chester.
Fill out the application form below and return to Chris Mitchell (Contracts and Commissioning Coordinator), Brightlife, 314 Chester Road, Hartford, Northwich CW8 2AB by 29th September 2017 or email it to firstname.lastname@example.org