Final Deadline Quickly Approching For NC Teachers
September 1st, 2011
Sanford, NC –Central Electric Membership Corporation and North Carolina’s other electric cooperatives, have allocated more than $590,000 for the Bright Ideas education grant program. Interested teachers are encouraged to submit a grant application before the final deadline on September 23, 2011, to be eligible for funding from the program.
Grants of up to $2,000 are available to certified K-12 teachers in the Cooperative’s service area for innovative, classroom-based projects. Statewide, more than 500 grants were awarded to creative teachers last year, including five grants from Central Electric.
“The Cooperative has made education a priority for the last 18 school years,” said Janet Trevino, Energy Use and Information Specialist. “The Bright Ideas program is a reflection of Central Electric’s commitment to bettering the communities in which we serve, and we see no better way than by arming teachers with the materials they need to provide stimulating classroom instruction for our youth.”
Since the Bright Ideas program began in 1994, electric cooperatives have collectively distributed more than $7.3 million in grant money to North Carolina teachers to sponsor more than 7,000 projects benefiting more than 1.3 million students across our state.
The primary elements of the application process include an explanation of the project and how it will benefit students. The application, grant writing tips and several winning project examples can be found on the Bright Ideas website, www.ncbrightideas.com, as well as contact information for teachers who have questions or need more information.
Central Electric, a Touchstone Energy Cooperative based in Sanford, serves approximately 21,000 consumers in parts of Chatham, Harnett, Lee and Moore counties.