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Bright Ideas has funded 9,200 education grants in N.C. Will yours be next?

North Carolina’s electric cooperatives are accepting grant applications through September



At North Carolina’s electric cooperatives, we believe there is no more important investment than in our state’s youth. That’s why for more than 20 years, the electric co-ops have offered Bright Ideas education grants to Tar Heel teachers in K-12 classrooms across the state.

Bright Ideas grants provide funding for innovative, classroom-based projects that would otherwise not be possible. Since 1994, we have touched the lives of more than 1.8 million students who have participated in 9,200 Bright Ideas projects, and given out more than $9.6 million. Each year, close to 600 grants are funded across the state.

Will your project be next?

Applications are accepted annually from April through September. Final application deadlines can vary, depending on the sponsoring electric cooperative in your area.

Grant Winners from Randolph EMC

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.

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



Congratulations to our Bright Ideas Tar Heel Teacher of the Week!

Tarheel Teacher of the Week
Michael Markofski
Warren New Tech High School
Warrenton, N.C.


Halifax EMC, the local Touchstone Energy Cooperative serving Halifax and Warren counties, is pleased to nominate outstanding educator Michael Markofski for recognition on a statewide level as Tar Heel Teacher of the Week. In his first year of teaching at Warren New Tech High, Markofski secured Bright Ideas funding for the “Broadcast News Program” project. The project brought new tools to the classroom and allowed students to tap into their creativity and love of technology to create a school news program.

“Michael is very energetic and passionate about teaching,” said Julia Allsbrook, communications specialist at the Enfield-based cooperative that supported Markofski’s initiative. “His project allows students to take a hands-on approach to learning skills that will serve them for a lifetime. We applaud Michael’s enthusiasm, and we are proud to support his creative efforts to help students get energized in the classroom.”

Markofski and his project will be recognized Thursday, Sept. 3 during the radio broadcast of the University of North Carolina football team’s season opener against South Carolina. Markofski and three guests will also receive tickets to a UNC football game.

North Carolina’s electric cooperatives make possible the Tar Heel Teacher of the Week and Bright Ideas education grant programs in support of education and local communities. Only 26 exceptional North Carolina teachers will be recognized as Teachers of the Week during this school year. Find out more about Halifax EMC and the electric co-ops’ innovative community programs!




Last year, Bright Ideas celebrated its 20th anniversary. See how Bright Ideas impacts teachers and students by watching our celebration video: