Bright Ideas Grants Available for Local Teachers
April 4th, 2012
Sanford, N.C. – Central Electric and North Carolina’s electric cooperatives are giving Tar Heel teachers the opportunity to win grants for innovative classroom projects. The electric co-ops have allocated more than $600,000 to award teachers across the state during the 2012-2013 school year. Grants of up to $2,000 are available, and teachers may apply beginning April 1.
“Bright Ideas puts new resources in the hands of teachers with creative strategies to engage students,” said Janet Trevino, Energy Use and Information Specialist at Central Electric. “We’re proud to continue the co-ops’ long tradition of supporting educators and investing in the future of our state.”
Teachers can learn more about the program and apply online at www.ncbrightideas.com. Grants will be awarded to teachers in all disciplines and grade levels for creative, hands-on projects that would otherwise go unfunded.
Central is now accepting applications through Sept. 21. Educators who submit their application by the early-bird deadline of Aug. 17 will be entered to win a $500 Visa gift card.
Last year, Central funded eight grants totaling $10,000.
To apply, educators must submit an application that includes a description of the project’s goals, implementation, creative elements and budget. 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, Bright Ideas has awarded more than $7.9 million for 7,700 projects benefiting 1.4 million students statewide.
The Bright Ideas Education Grant program is part of the electric cooperatives’ ongoing commitment to North Carolina communities. (North Carolina’s 26 electric cooperatives serve more than 2.5 million people in 93 of the state’s 100 counties.)
Central Electric, a Touchstone Energy Cooperative based in Sanford, serves 21,000 consumers in parts of Chatham, Harnett, Lee and Moore counties.
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