Final Deadline for Bright Ideas Education Grants Fast Approaching

Time is running out for educators statewide to apply for Bright Ideas education grants before the application period closes this month.

The grants provide funding for creative, hands-on classroom projects and are available to K-12 educators in any subject. Interested teachers can find the application, along with grant-writing tips and program information, on the Bright Ideas website at

The final application deadline and maximum grant amounts vary based on the sponsoring electric cooperative. Educators can visit the Bright Ideas website to find information specific to their local area.

North Carolina’s 26 electric cooperatives expect to award nearly $600,000 in Bright Ideas grants this school year for projects that would otherwise go unfunded. Educators can apply individually or as a team.

“Bright Ideas grants provide teachers with new resources to bring creative learning to life,” said Nelle Hotchkiss, chief operating officer of the N.C. Association of Electric Cooperatives. “Year after year, we see the positive impact of these grants on students, and we encourage all local teachers with a ‘bright idea’ to apply.”

Since 1994, the Bright Ideas education grant program has provided more than $11.5 million for 11,000 projects benefitting more than 2.2 million students in North Carolina.

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