Bright Ideas Education Grants

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 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

Watch the Bright Ideas 20th anniversary celebration video: