Teachers can apply early for Bright Ideas grants and a chance to win $500

Raleigh, N.C. —North Carolina’s electric cooperatives are accepting applications for Bright Ideas education grants to fund creative, classroom-based learning projects. Teachers can apply for grants of up to $2,000, and those who submit their application by the early-bird deadline of Aug. 16 could win an extra $500.

“We’re proud to support educators whose hard work, dedication and enthusiasm impact the lives of so many young people,” said Lindsey Listrom, a coordinator of the Bright Ideas program for North Carolina’s electric cooperatives. “They give so much to their students, and with the early-bird prize, we’re honored to offer something in return. We encourage all interested teachers to apply early by Aug. 16 and be entered to win the gift card.”

The electric cooperatives expect to award nearly $600,000 to teachers statewide funding about 600 grants during the upcoming school year. Classroom teachers at qualifying schools can apply for grants individually or as a team. The application, grant-writing tips and more information about the Bright Ideas education grant program can be found at www.ncbrightideas.com.

The final deadline to apply is in September, but all teachers who submit their application by Aug. 16 will be entered into a drawing for a $500 Visa gift card. The early-bird winner will be notified and recognized on the Bright Ideas website and Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ncbrightideas.

“North Carolina’s electric cooperatives are committed to education in our community, and we believe there’s no better way to contribute than by partnering with teachers to enhance learning opportunities for our youth,” Listrom said.

The Bright Ideas education grant program is an example of the electric cooperatives’ commitment to community. Since 1994, North Carolina’s electric cooperatives have awarded more than $8.5 million in Bright Ideas grants funding for more than 8,300 projects benefitting 1.5 million students.

North Carolina’s electric cooperatives serve more than 2.5 million people across North Carolina in 93 of the state’s 100 counties. The 26 electric cooperatives are private, independent and not-for-profit entities committed to providing a high standard of service to residential, commercial, industrial and agricultural customers with at-cost electric service.