New Bright Ideas fund launched!

The search is on for ‘Bright Ideas’ to tackle loneliness among over-50s in Cheshire West.

A new fund has been launched today by Brightlife, with a view to finding new, innovative ways to improve the lives of older people in the borough.

The ‘Bright Ideas’ fund is open to applications from community groups and organisations that have an idea for a project that can bring over-50s together and reduce loneliness.

Successful applicants will receive funding of up to £20,000 to turn their idea into a reality, along with up to two years’ business support and training from Brightlife.

Head of Brightlife, Chris McClelland, says of the new fund:

“We know that there are lots of people with great ideas to help tackle loneliness among over-50s in their communities. The Bright Ideas fund is an excellent opportunity for them to turn these ideas into reality, with significant support from us here at Brightlife. We are hugely excited to see what new ideas are generated, and to work with many new community partners across the borough.”

Funding will be allocated in three further rounds, with the first round of applications open until 29th September 2017.

For each round, a series of workshops will be held across Cheshire West and Chester to provide more information about the fund and how to apply. Dates for the next round of workshops are as follows:

22nd August 10am – 12pm
Stanney Grange Community Centre, Ellesmere Port CH65 9HE

24th August 2pm – 4pm
The Quaker Meeting House, Chester CH1 3JL

1st September 10am – 12pm
Brio Leisure Centre, Northwich CW9 5QJ

Further workshops will be held in 2018 year for forthcoming funding rounds.

To download a Bright Ideas application pack and guidelines, visit, or to request a copy of the Bright Ideas information booklet, email

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