Project Funded By a Bright Ideas Grant
For 25 years, the Bright Ideas education grant program has expanded learning opportunities in North Carolina classrooms by awarding grants to K-12 teachers for innovative, classroom-based projects that would not otherwise be funded.

In 2018, teachers received more than $675,000 in Bright Ideas grants for 602 innovative projects that will benefit 149,177 students statewide. This marks the largest amount of Bright Ideas funding ever awarded in one year by the state’s electric cooperatives.

Educators at participating schools are eligible to apply. Maximum grant amounts vary depending on the sponsoring local electric cooperative. Interested educators must complete an online application, which will thoroughly outline their project. Grant winners are selected based on a competitive evaluation process.

Applications are accepted from teachers in a variety of disciplines including music, art, history, reading, science, career-planning and information technology.