BrightIdeas
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Bright Ideas Facts and Figures

The Bright Ideas education grant program, sponsored by North Carolina’s electric cooperatives, strives to improve education in North Carolina classrooms by awarding grants to Tar Heel teachers in grades K-12 for innovative, classroom-based projects that would not otherwise be funded.

Bright Ideas has funded more than 8,800 projects and awarded more than $9.1 million in grant money to North Carolina’s teachers over the past 20 school years. Last year, North Carolina’s electric cooperatives collectively distributed about $600,000. Since the program’s inception in 1994, more than 1.6 million students statewide have benefited from Bright Ideas grants financed by North Carolina’s electric cooperatives.