The Bright Ideas education grant program, sponsored by North Carolina’s
Touchstone Energy 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.
Certified North Carolina teachers from participating schools are eligible to apply for
grants of up to $2,000. Interested educators must complete a formal application, which
will thoroughly outline their project, and are selected based on a competitive evaluation
process done by each local electric cooperative.
Each year, approximately 2,000 applications are accepted from teachers in a variety of
disciplines including music, art, history, reading, science, career-planning and
The program offers a convenient and simple online application process.