For more than 20 years, the Bright Ideas education grant program, sponsored by North Carolina’s Touchstone Energy cooperatives, has expanded learning opportunities in North Carolina
classrooms by awarding grants to Tar Heel teachers for innovative, classroom-based projects that would not otherwise be funded.
Educators in grades K-12 at participating schools are eligible to apply. Maximum grant amounts vary based on the requirements of the
sponsoring local electric cooperative. Interested educators must complete a formal application, which will thoroughly outline their project,
and grant winners are selected based on a competitive evaluation process.
Each year, about 2,000 applications are accepted from teachers in a variety of disciplines including music, art, history, reading, science, career-planning and information technology.
The program offers a convenient and simple online application process.