Apply for the Helen Barrett Bright Ideas Awards

Do you have a business idea you'd like funding for, or a dream career you'd like support with? Apply for the 2021 Helen Barrett Bright Ideas Awards, to help you on your way!

How to apply

Fill in the form below to apply for the 2021 Helen Barrett Bright Ideas Awards. To support your application, we ask you to submit a two-minute video pitch – this is your chance to bring your idea to life for our judging panel.

You can also submit any other supporting information – links to your business website/social media, images, a portfolio etc. If you are unable to submit a video pitch, you can submit a written pitch of no more than 500 words.

Your pitch and any supporting information must be emailed to by the closing date of 17 September 2021 at 5pm.  Any applications or supporting information received after this date will not be taken forward to our judging panel.

    Helen Barrett Bright Ideas Awards

    Date of birth
    You must be 18 + to enter
    About you
    These awards are open to people with CF aged 18+ who live and have the right to work in the UK. Please confirm below:
    We’re interested in your work and education history and how your CF might have affected this. This helps our judges to understand more about why you would benefit from an award. 
    Awards are usually between £250 and £2500, but can be up to £5000
    Please provide as much information as possible. Your application is more likely to be successful if you can show what you would spend the money on including exact details of any costs.
    Please tell us how it would help you to move your business forwards.
    This could be consultancy, mentoring, training or something else. This information won’t be used to judge your application but where possible we try to help Award winners with more than just a financial grant so this helps us to look at how we can support you in your business goals.

    In completing this form, you consent that the Cystic Fibrosis Trust will store and process the information provided above in accordance with our privacy policy unless you have told us otherwise. Read our privacy policy.

    We’d love to keep you updated about our work and how you can help, including petitions or fundraising activities. In order to send you emails about our work or to contact you by text message, we need your permission. Please let us know how you’d like to be contacted and say yes to getting involved in the fight for a life unlimited by cystic fibrosis. You can also call 020 3795 2177 or email

    We will not share your details with anyone else, unless otherwise stated and in accordance with our privacy policy.

    In applying for an award, you are consenting:

    • that staff and/or volunteers from the Cystic Fibrosis Trust may contact you for further information on your application;
    • that the Cystic Fibrosis Trust can share your application with our judging panel so that they can make their decisions; and
    • that, if your application is successful, staff and/or volunteers from the Cystic Fibrosis Trust can contact you to follow up on the outcomes of your Award.

    Looking for inspiration?

    Take a look at last year's Helen Barrett Award winners, who were chosen to receive an award to help them advance their small business.

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