Bright Ideas Celebrates 20 Years!
March 24th, 2014
By Heather Vaughan
Sanford, N.C.,- March 24, 2014- – Central Electric and North Carolina’s electric cooperatives have pledged nearly $600,000 to the state’s teachers in Bright Ideas education grant funding for the 2014-15 school year. This year marks the 20th year the co-ops have offered Bright Ideas grants, and applications will be available on April 1. Grants of up to $2,000 will be awarded directly to educators for creative, hands-on classroom projects that would not otherwise be funded. Teachers can learn more and apply online at www.ncbrightideas.com.
“For 20 years, Bright Ideas grants have helped electric cooperatives make a difference for tomorrow’s leaders by giving educators new resources to help students succeed,” said Janet Jackson, Program Coordinator. “We believe there is no better investment than in the education of our youth, and through Bright Ideas grants, teachers can bring their imaginative ideas to reality.”
Central Electric expects to award $10,000 in Bright Ideas grants this year to teachers in Chatham, Harnett, Lee and Moore counties. The grants are available to K-12 teachers for innovative projects in any subject. Teachers can apply individually or as a team and are encouraged to apply online.
Applications will be accepted April 1 through Sept. 19, but keep in mind it could pay to apply early. Teachers who submit their applications by the early bird deadline of Friday, Aug. 15 will be entered to win one of five $100 Visa gift cards.
To apply, teachers must include a budget, explain the creative elements, implementation, goals and evaluation of the project, and have approval from the school principal. Applications will be judged in a competitive evaluation process, and judges will be on the lookout for projects that feature innovation and creativity. The application, grant-writing tips and examples of past winning proposals can be found at www.ncbrightideas.com.
This year is especially exciting for North Carolina’s electric cooperatives as it is Bright Ideas’ 20th anniversary. Since 1994, the co-ops have worked to enhance education by engaging students in meaningful learning projects that encourage creative approaches. In the past two decades, North Carolina’s electric cooperatives have contributed more than $9.1 million to teachers for 8,800 projects benefiting more than 1.6 million students.
For more information contact Janet Jackson at (919) 708-1638 or Jacksonj@cemcpower.com.