Central Electric Seeks Bright Ideas Grant Applications
April 1st, 2015
By James Taylor
Sanford, N.C. (April 1, 2015)– 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 2015-16 school year. Grants of up to $2,000 will be awarded directly to local educators for creative, hands-on classroom projects that would not otherwise be funded by traditional school budgets. The grant application opens April 1 and can be found online at www.ncbrightideas.com along with more information about the program and grant writing tips.
Central EMC 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 all applications must be submitted online.
Applications will be accepted April 1 through September 18, 2015. However, it is beneficial to apply early. Teachers who submit their applications by the early bird deadline of Friday, Aug. 14 will be entered to win a $100 Visa gift card.
To apply, teachers must include a budget, explain the implementation, goals, creative elements 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.
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 $9.6 million to teachers for 9,200 projects benefiting more than 1.8 million students.