Bright Ideas Education Grants

Bright Ideas Education Grants are designed to help provide local teachers with specific opportunities to enhance their classroom educational experiences.
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The Bright Ideas program began at Brunswick Electric in 1994, when a staff member recognized the need for additional funding in the local school system.

It was quickly adopted statewide by North Carolina’s Touchstone Energy cooperatives.

Overall, this program has provided $11.5 million in funding for about 11,000 innovative teaching projects, benefiting more than 2.2 million students across the state.

Teachers can apply for up to $2,000 for innovative classroom projects that are not funded within the usual school budget process. The application period is from April to mid-September annually. All applications must be submitted online at NCBrightIdeas.com. Each year one teacher who applies before the Early Bird deadline will win a special prize, typically a $100 Visa gift card.

Find out about some more of our community grant programs here