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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. The grant program is designed to cover projects that would not otherwise receive funding. Funding is intended to provide learning opportunities in a variety of areas including art, music, reading, history, science, information technology, and career-planning.

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

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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.

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.
- If you are requesting technology or equipment for your classroom, be sure you outline an innovative project idea in which the technology or equipment will be used instead of just asking for the item.

Pre-Application Information:

Application Process:

- April 1, 2018: North Carolina’s electric cooperatives will begin accepting applications.

- August 15, 2018: Early-bird deadline. Teachers who apply by Aug. 15 are entered to win one of five $100 gift cards that will be awarded to applicants across the state.

- September 18, 2018: This is the final deadline to apply in many locations. This deadline may vary depending on the sponsoring electric cooperative in your area. To find your final application deadline, search for your school via the School Search link provided below in Contact Information.

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

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Each electric cooperative is an independent, member-owned organization that supports its local community through a variety of education programs, including the Bright Ideas Education Grant Program. There are differences in how each cooperative administers its program. Maximum grant amounts vary based on the requirements of the sponsoring local electric cooperative. Please contact your sponsoring cooperative for more information.

Applicants can determine contact information for their local Bright Ideas coordinator and program specifics for their school, via the School Search link provided below.

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

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

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Geographic Focus:

USA: North Carolina