Bright Ideas: 20 years of supporting N.C. students and educators

Sponsored by North Carolina’s Touchstone Energy® cooperatives, the Bright Ideas education grant program strives to improve education in North Carolina classrooms by awarding grants to deserving Tar Heel teachers. Educators in K-12 classrooms can apply for funding for innovative, classroom-based projects that would not otherwise be funded.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of Bright Ideas education grants in North Carolina classrooms. Since the program began in 1994, North Carolina educators have won $9.1 million in Bright Ideas grant funding for more than 8,800 projects benefiting well over 1.6 million students statewide. Will your project be next?

Applications are accepted each year from April through mid-September, and the program offers a convenient and simple online application process. The final deadline depends on your school’s sponsoring electric cooperative. 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.

Each year about $600,000 is awarded to educators at schools across the state. About 1,700 applications are submitted seeking funding for projects in a variety of disciplines including music, art, history, reading, science, career-planning and information technology. To find out if your school is eligible or to determine the final application deadline in your area, click the “Search for My School” tab above.

North Carolina’s 26 electric cooperatives are committed to the communities they serve. Find about more about the cooperatives’ community programs here.