Bright Ideas Early Bird Deadline Fast Approaching

It could pay to apply early for a Bright Ideas education grant! Teachers with innovative ideas for classroom-based learning projects who submit their grant application by the Aug. 15 early bird deadline will be entered into a statewide drawing to win one of five $100 gift cards.

North Carolina’s electric cooperatives award Bright Ideas grants annually for projects that improve classroom instruction, engage students and utilize creative teaching methods in all K-12 grade levels and subject areas. 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.

The final deadline to apply for a Bright Ideas grant is in September, with the exact date varying by cooperative. Visit to find the deadline for your school, learn more about the program or submit a grant application.

Teacher and students pose with grant check

The Bright Ideas education grant program is celebrating 25 years of making creative, innovative projects possible in North Carolina K-12 classrooms. Since the program began in 1994, educators statewide have received more than $12.2 million in Bright Ideas grant funding for nearly 11,700 projects benefiting 2.3 million North Carolina students. In 2018, North Carolina’s 26 electric cooperatives awarded the largest amount of annual Bright Ideas funding to date, with more than $675,000 in Bright Ideas grants that made possible more than 600 projects for nearly 150,000 students across the state.