The Bright Idea Fund

If you or your voluntary or community group is looking for funding for community activity, then Cheshire East Council may be able to offer the financial assistance you require!

Using an asset based community development approach to community grants, Cheshire East Council is looking to support projects, which will improve the quality of life for local communities.

Cheshire East Council believes that a vibrant voluntary, community and faith sector is vital to our communities. Funding awarded to local people and the voluntary, community and faith sector can generate a significant amount of community activity and positive impact.

The aim of the fund is to support not for profit organisations and to inspire local people through social innovation to develop or enhance local projects that will improve the quality of life for local communities.

Two categories for funding have been developed to meet the changing needs of our communities. Both categories aim to achieve the same outcomes from grants awarded. For full information, please see  our web pages and  What the Bright Idea Grants Can Fund

MyBrightIdeasLogoMy Bright Idea Grants – up to a maximum award of £250. Provides an opportunity for local residents of Cheshire East who wish to share their skills, interests and passions through volunteering to promote or deliver projects or events that will improve the health and wellbeing of their community.

OurCommunityBrightIdeaLogoOur Community Bright Idea Grants – up to a maximum award of £10,000. Supports the continuation and development of not-for-profit organisations and local projects that are created with the local community.

Applications are available on our website and should be completed in conjunction with the Policy for the Allocation of Early Help and Asset Based Community Development Grants (PDF, 373KB) and the application guidance notes within the application form.

Closing dates for grant applications to both categories will be the last Friday of March, June, September and December. The deadline dates for 2019 and 2020 are as follows:

  • 27 December 2019

  • 27th March 2020

  • 26th June 2020

  • 25th September 2020

  • 18th December 2020 * please note that the last Friday of December is Christmas Day, therefore, this deadline date has been brought forward by 1 week

If you require further information or have any questions, please contact communitygrants@cheshireeast.gov.uk or call 01270 685809.

Parish Clerk: Dr Elizabeth Maddock

Lower Withington Parish Council