North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives Kick off Bright Ideas Education Grant
Program April 1
Electric co-ops to award more than $600,000 to teachers for creative classroom projects
RALEIGH, N.C. (March 28, 2012)
– North Carolina’s electric cooperatives are
giving Tar Heel teachers the opportunity to win grants for innovative classroom projects. The electric co-ops
have allocated more than $600,000 to award educators across the state during the 2012-2013 school year. The
application period opens April 1.
Teachers can learn more about the program and apply online at www.ncbrightideas.com. Grants will be awarded
in all disciplines and grade levels for creative, hands-on projects that would otherwise go unfunded.
“Bright Ideas puts new resources in the hands of teachers with creative strategies to engage students,”
said Lindsey Listrom, community relations specialist at the North Carolina Association of Electric
Cooperatives. “We’re proud to continue the co-ops’ long tradition of supporting educators and investing in
the future of our state.”
Since 1994, Bright Ideas has awarded more than $7.9 million for 7,700 projects benefiting 1.4 million
The co-ops are accepting applications from April through September. Educators who submit their application
by the early-bird deadline of Aug. 17 will be entered to win a $500 Visa gift card.
To apply, educators must submit an application that includes a description of the project’s goals,
implementation method, creative elements and budget. Applications will be judged in a competitive evaluation
process, and judges will be on the lookout for projects that address students’ needs in creative ways.
In most cases, grants of up to $2,000 are available, but the maximum grant amount can vary depending on the
sponsoring electric cooperative.
The Bright Ideas Education Grant program is part of the electric cooperatives’ ongoing commitment to North
Carolina communities. North Carolina’s 26 electric cooperatives serve more than 2.5 million people in 93 of
the state’s 100 counties.