Bright Ideas has funded 9,200 education grants in N.C. Will yours be next?

North Carolina’s electric cooperatives are accepting grant applications through September

At North Carolina’s electric cooperatives, we believe there is no more important investment than in our state’s youth. That’s why for more than 20 years, the electric co-ops have offered Bright Ideas education grants to Tar Heel teachers in K-12 classrooms across the state.

Bright Ideas grants provide funding for innovative, classroom-based projects that would otherwise not be possible. Since 1994, we have touched the lives of more than 1.8 million students who have participated in 9,200 Bright Ideas projects, and given out more than $9.6 million. Each year, close to 600 grants are funded across the state.

Will your project be next?

Applications are accepted annually from April through September. Final application deadlines can vary, depending on the sponsoring electric cooperative in your area.

Grant Winners from Randolph EMC

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.

North Carolina’s 26 electric cooperatives are committed to the communities they serve. Find about more about the cooperatives’ community programs here.

Congratulations to our Bright Ideas Tar Heel Teacher of the Week!

Tarheel Teacher of the Week
Amy Bradley
Patterson Science Center
Lenoir, N.C.

Amy Bradley is nominated for Tar Heel Teacher of the Week honors by Blue Ridge EMC, based in Lenoir. A multi-year Bright Ideas grant winner, Amy created a biotechnology workshop for middle school educators with funding from her most recent Bright Ideas project titled “Agrobacteria: What Do Biotechnology and Agriculture Have in Common?”

Through her Bright Ideas work and beyond, Bradley is educating teachers about the diversity of science related careers in Caldwell County. Her efforts in professional development for local teachers is transforming how STEM programs are implemented in the school system and also fueling increased awareness of an economic development in the area.

Bradley and her project will be recognized Saturday, Oct. 3 during the radio broadcast of the University of North Carolina football game against Georgia Tech. Bradley and three guests will also receive tickets to a UNC football game.

North Carolina’s electric cooperatives make possible the Tar Heel Teacher of the Week and Bright Ideas education grant programs in support of education and local communities. Only 26 exceptional North Carolina teachers will be recognized as Teachers of the Week during this school year. Find out more about Blue Ridge EMC and the electric co-ops’ innovative community programs!

Congratulations to Amy Bradley, our Bright Ideas Tar Heel Teacher of the Week!

Last year, Bright Ideas celebrated its 20th anniversary. See how Bright Ideas impacts teachers and students by watching our celebration video: