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Bright Ideas Education Grant Program

Grants to North Carolina K-12 Teachers
for Innovative Student Learning Projects

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North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives

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Grants to North Carolina K-12 teachers for creative, classroom-based projects that positively impact student learning. Funding is intended to provide learning opportunities in a variety of areas including art, music, reading, history, science, information technology, and career-planning.

At North Carolina’s electric cooperatives, they believe there is no more important investment than in the state’s youth. That’s why for 25 years, electric co-ops have offered Bright Ideas education grants for projects that would otherwise not be possible.

To be considered for a Bright Ideas grant, proposed projects must:

- Directly involve students.
- Seek to achieve clearly defined goals and learning objectives.
- Use innovative and creative teaching methods.
- Provide ongoing benefits to students.
- Feature measurable results that can be evaluated upon completion.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 171966

Number of Grants:

Each year, close to 600 grants are funded across the state.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Maximum amounts for Bright Ideas grants range from $1,000 to $3,000, varying by location of the school, based on the policy of the sponsoring local electric cooperative. Applicants can determine their maximum grant amount via the School Search link provided below.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicant must be an educator in a qualifying North Carolina K-12 school. The school principal must review and approve the proposal. School Search:

Educators may apply as individuals or as a team for the grants, which are awarded in a competitive evaluation process by individual electric cooperatives throughout the state.

The decision to fund grants for private schools is up to the sponsoring cooperative’s discretion. Contact your local electric cooperative to find out if private schools in your area are eligible to receive funding through the Bright Ideas program.

- Bright Ideas funding cannot be used for field trips or to fund travel expenses/fees for guests or speakers coming to your school.
- Requests for salaries or professional development will be denied.
- Please do not simply ask for a piece of equipment. Explain how you are going to use the tool or equipment innovatively in a classroom project.

Pre-Application Information:

Application Process:

- April 1, 2019: North Carolina’s electric cooperatives will begin accepting applications.

- August 15, 2019: Early-bird deadline. Teachers who apply on or before this date are entered to win one of five $100 Visa gift cards that will be awarded to applicants across the state.

- September 23, 2019: This is the final deadline to apply in many locations. This deadline may vary depending on the sponsoring electric cooperative in the applicant's area. To find their final application deadline, applicants must search for their school via the School Search link provided below in Contact Information.

Grant winners will be notified during the months of November and December.

Many cooperatives only accept applications completed on the Bright Ideas website.

To find whether their cooperative accepts print applications, as well as the name and contact information, applicants may search for their school in the School Search link below.

Application instructions:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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Applicants may direct specific questions about the project, application time frame or award amount to the contact at their school's sponsoring cooperative.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: North Carolina

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