Bright Ideas Education Grants

North Carolina’s electric cooperatives help light up learning in classrooms statewide through the Bright Ideas education grant program. Tar Heel teachers in K-12 classrooms with innovative ideas for creative learning projects can submit an application at from April through September.

Grants of up to $3,000 are awarded annually for projects that improve classroom instruction and utilize innovative teaching methods. Educators may apply as individuals or as a team for the grants, which are awarded in a competitive evaluation process by individual electric cooperatives throughout the state.

This year, the cooperatives expect to award about $600,000 to educators at schools across the state for projects in a variety of disciplines including music, art, history, reading, science, career-planning and information technology.

Since the inception of Bright Ideas, North Carolina’s electric cooperatives have awarded $11.5 million to sponsor 11,000 projects benefiting 2.2 million students. The program offers a convenient and simple online application process. To apply or for more information, visit

In 2014 electric cooperatives statewide celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Bright Ideas education grant program, which began in 1994 at Brunswick EMC in Shallotte, N.C.

Watch the Bright Ideas 20th anniversary celebration video: