For nearly 30 years, North Carolina’s electric cooperatives have helped light up learning in K-12 classrooms statewide through the Bright Ideas education grant program. N.C. teachers with innovative ideas for creative learning projects can submit an online application April through September of each year.
Bright Ideas education grants are supporting local communities across the state. Watch the video to learn more about the impact Bright Ideas grants have on classrooms and students, as described by grant winners from Sanford-based Central Electric.
Approximately 600 grants are awarded annually by our state’s electric cooperatives for projects that improve classroom instruction and utilize innovative teaching methods. Applications are accepted from teachers in a variety of disciplines including music, art, history, reading, science, technology, math and engineering, just to name a few, and educators may apply as individuals or as a team.
To be considered for a grant, the proposed project must meet the following criteria:
- Be reviewed and approved by your principal or supervisor
- Directly involve and provide ongoing benefits to students
- Seek to achieve clearly defined goals and learning objectives
- Use innovative and creative teaching methods
- Feature measurable results that can be evaluated upon completion
- Cannot be used for salaries or professional development
The Bright Ideas Education Grant program is part of North Carolina’s electric cooperatives’ continued commitment to building a brighter future. To learn more about about specific eligibility requirements, contact your sponsoring cooperative.