Bright Ideas has funded 8,300 education grants in N.C. – will yours be next?
North Carolina's Touchstone Energy Cooperatives accepting applications through September
The Bright Ideas education grant program, sponsored by North Carolina’s electric cooperatives, provides funding to North Carolina
teachers for innovative classroom projects that fall outside normal funding parameters.
Since the program began in 1994, about $8.5 million has been given to educators for more than 8,300 projects benefitting well over 1.5 million students.
Will your project be next? Apply Now!
To begin an application, click on the “Apply Now” tab above.
Applications are accepted each year from April through mid-September, and the final deadline depends on your school’s sponsoring electric cooperative.
Each year, about 600 grants are funded across the state. To find out if your school is eligible, click the “Search for My School” tab above.
Congratulations to our Bright Ideas Tar Heel Teacher of the Week!
Col. Mike Whitehurst
South West Edgecombe High
Edgecombe-Martin County EMC, based in Tarboro, is proud to recognize local Bright Ideas grant-winner and outstanding educator Col. Mike Whitehurst on a statewide
level as a Bright Ideas Tar Heel Teacher of the Week. “Col. Whitehurst is an exceptional teacher who works to implement projects in his JRAROTC classes that provide
hands-on learning experiences for his students,” said Winston Howell, COO of the electric cooperative. “He has been awarded many grants over the past several years,
but the one that really stands out is when his students built a full-scale replica of the Wright Brother’s Flyer.”
In another Bright Ideas project titled “Going Where No Man Has Gone Before,” Col. Whitehurst’s cadets found themselves out of the classroom and exploring the
three-dimensional world of space travel by assembling, and later launching, 150 model rockets and engines.
Col. Whitehurst will be recognized Saturday, Nov. 30 on the radio broadcast of the UNC vs. Duke football game during the second quarter. He received four tickets
to a UNC football game and a pre-game tailgate celebration, as well a plaque commemorating his achievement. Congratulations, Col. Whitehurst, and thank you for all you do!
North Carolina’s 26 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 12 exceptional North Carolina teachers will be honored as Teachers of the Week this fall.
For more information about Edgecombe-Martin County EMC, click here.
For more information about the co-ops’ commitment to community, click
Wright Brother's flyer replica