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.