What Can The Bright Idea Grant Fund?

  • Capital costs (equipment, building repairs)
  • Revenue costs (staffing, expenses)
  • Events (refreshments, advertisement etc.)
  • Project start up/short term ongoing costs (volunteers expenses, room hire, insurances etc.)
  • Organisations which hold substantial free reserves, including local branches of national or regional organisations which hold free reserves that could be utilised
  • Applications from Town and Parish Councils or departments within Cheshire East Council
  • Applications made by an individual below the age of 18
  • Work which has already taken place and been paid for
  • Sponsorship for individuals taking part in foreign trips or sporting/musical programmes
  • Activities that are for the sole relief or benefit of animals
  • Activities that are of sole benefit to an individual
  • General appeals, sponsorship or fundraising for your own organisation or others
  • Activities of a mainly political or religious nature
  • Refurbishments or equipment where there is no considerable benefit to individuals attending the facility
  • Projects taking place abroad
  • Projects that do not meet the intended outcomes
  • Projects from schools or colleges that do not take place outside of normal school hours or in the holidays or do not include a wide proportion of the community who do not attend that establishment
  • Events which do not involve members of the local community participating
  • Repair costs where deterioration is due to neglect
  • Loan against loss or repaying debt;
  • Paying someone to write your application or applications to other grant funders
  • Land purchase
  • Items that are purchased on behalf of another organisation
  • Disabled facilities where there is no proven need for the work to be carried out or where upgrading is required for an existing facility to meet the statutory requirements of the DDA;
  • Organisations which are not based in Cheshire East, unless they can demonstrate significant community benefits within Cheshire East.
Cheshire East Outcomes and Proposed Projects
OutcomesProposed Projects
1. Our local communities are strong and supportive
Health literacy is improved and community health
services are promoted
Initiatives to connect communities through projects around health awareness (including wider determinants of health), promoting community safety (workshops, training)
Community asset building Initiatives to connect communities through building community networks, by providing space and opportunities to bring people together, reducing loneliness and isolation and enhancing community cohesion (community transport schemes, enhancing community facilities, community events
2. Cheshire East has a strong and resilient economy
More local people in
Initiatives to support people in to employment with disabilities, who have been long term unemployed, young offenders (job clubs, training programmes, volunteer opportunities)
Encourage businesses to
play an active role within their communities
Initiatives that attract businesses to use Social Corporate Responsibility to benefit local communities (volunteering, local apprenticeship schemes, sharing community knowledge)
3. People have the life skills and education they need in order to thrive
Children are given the best start in life Initiatives to promote positive behaviour change in young people
(anti bullying, change4-life, start for life projects)
Young people are given the best opportunities Initiatives around summer play schemes, youth projects in particular considering young people in vulnerable groups and initiatives that reduce anti-social or disruptive behaviours 
4. Cheshire East is a green and sustainable place
Environmental Impacts are reduced Initiatives to provide advice to local residents to reduce energy consumption, reduce or replace the use of single use plastics, promote recycling and minimising waste (love food,hate waste).
Sustainable travel is
Initiatives to promote walking and cycling routes alternative to car journeys
Creating better places to live Maximising the use of the natural built environment such as open green spaces, developing initiatives that will connect people to these areas. Protecting and sustaining the natural built environment such as open green spaces developing initiatives such as friends of the park schemes and planting schemes.
5. People live well for longer

People are supported to have control over their lives

Initiatives to promote independent living (money advice, befriending schemes, practical healthy lifestyles advice, digital inclusion support)

The role and impact of ill-health prevention is strengthened

Initiatives that tackle homelessness, alcohol abuse, drug misuse, smoking, promote healthy eating, drinking and exercise (projects that will engage target audiences)

Mental health is promoted

Initiatives to promote good mental health or increase access to mental health support (peer support groups, dementia friendly communities, mental health first aid)

Non clinical treatment

Initiatives that offer social prescribing schemes as treatment

Carers' quality of life is improved

Initiatives to support carers to feel less isolated and develop new social and peer support networks