Friends of the COA Bright Ideas Grant Awards

2017 FCOA Bright Ideas Mini-Grants Announced

The Friends of the Lexington Council on Aging have awarded two grants in the first round of their Bright Ideas mini-grant program. The grant program was started in 2017 to encourage innovation in Senior programming and to enrich and enhance programming for Seniors at the Community Center.

The first grant was awarded to establish a publication that will showcase creative content from Lexington Seniors (aged 60+), such as short fiction, essays, poetry, photography, and cartoons. The publication will be overseen by a volunteer editorial board who will set the criteria for submission, and solicit and select entries for inclusion. The Bright Ideas grant money will be used to pay for an administrator to produce, publicize, and distribute the publication. This project is well underway, with the volunteer editorial board and paid administrator selected and the first publication date of January 2018 identified.

The second grant was awarded to fund the purchase of assistive hearing devices to be used by Lexington organizations serving the Senior community. The grant was requested by “Lexington At Home,” an aging in place social support network for Lexington residents. Following a suggestion from Lexington Human Services staff, and with cooperation and assistance from the Cary Library staff, the Bright Ideas grant money was used to pay for the devices, which were purchased by the Library and will be added to their “Library of Things” for use by the Lexington community.

The Friends of the Lexington Council on Aging are pleased with the success of this first grant program, and hope that future grants will encourage ALL members of the Lexington community to consider new ways of providing stimulating, enriching activities for Lexington Seniors.