North Carolina’s electric cooperatives are celebrating 25 years of helping 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 ncbrightideas.com 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.
In 2018, North Carolina’s 26 electric cooperatives awarded more than $675,000 in Bright Ideas grants to teachers for 602 innovative projects in a wide variety of disciplines that will benefit 149,177 students statewide. This marks the largest amount of Bright Ideas funding ever awarded in one year by the state’s electric co-ops.
Since the inception of Bright Ideas in 1994, North Carolina’s electric cooperatives have awarded more than $12.2 million to sponsor nearly 11,700 projects benefiting 2.3 million students. The program offers a convenient and simple online application process. To apply or for more information, visit ncbrightideas.com.
Watch the Bright Ideas 20th anniversary celebration video: