Bright Ideas Education Grants

Bright Ideas Education Grants

For more than 25 years, North Carolina’s electric cooperatives have helped light up learning in K-12 classrooms statewide through the Bright Ideas education grant program. Tar Heel teachers with innovative ideas for creative learning projects can submit an online application April through September of each year.

Close to 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 the school principal
  • 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

Funding cannot be used for field trips or to fund travel expenses/fees for guests or speakers visiting your school. Requests for salaries or professional development are also not permitted.

Start Your Application

Start Your Application

Teachers can apply now for a 2020 Bright Ideas Education Grant

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April 1 Electric cooperatives start accepting online applications

August 15 Early-bird deadline. Submit your application on or before this date and be entered to win one of five $100 Visa gift cards.

September Application period closes. Final deadlines vary by cooperative; check with your local sponsoring electric cooperative for its official deadline.