Deadline Approaching for Cooperatives’ Bright Ideas Education Grants

Teacher with elementary school students explaining creative classroom project

The deadline for teachers to apply for a Bright Ideas grant from North Carolina’s 26 electric cooperatives is quickly approaching: Applications are due on Sept. 15 in most areas. Bright Ideas grants support local teachers with creative ideas to increase innovation and enhance student success in K-12 classrooms statewide. To find the application and learn more about the program, visit

A shared initiative of electric cooperatives across the state, Bright Ideas grants have funded over 13,500 projects with more than $14 million awarded to North Carolina teachers since 1994. Millions of students have benefited from the learning projects, technology and creative teaching methods made possible by Bright Ideas grants.

Students gather with their teacher who won a Bright Ideas grant from Haywood EMC

“North Carolina’s electric cooperatives believe that education is an essential part of building a Brighter Future in our communities, and Bright Ideas grants enable electric cooperatives to help outstanding local teachers who consistently go above and beyond for their students,” said Lindsey Davis, manager of communications at North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives. “We look forward to partnering with exceptional educators to accelerate learning again this year, and for years to come.”

Teachers in any discipline, from engineering to art, can apply to receive a Bright Ideas grant. Grants are available to educators in all 100 North Carolina counties, and the maximum grant amount is $1,500 in most locations but can vary by cooperative.

To find out more about the Bright Ideas education grant program and how North Carolina’s electric cooperatives are powering a Brighter Future, visit or contact your local electric co-op.