Bright Ideas Grants

Educators with creative ideas for hands-on classroom projects are encouraged to fill out and submit an application by the September deadline. Educators may submit multiple grants during one given year. Grants are awarded each year in November for projects in all grade levels and for disciplines, including math, science, language, art, English, and history. 

Bright Ideas grants provide funding for innovative, classroom-based projects that would otherwise not be possible. Since 1994, North Carolina’s electric cooperatives 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 $10.9 million to teachers for 10,400 projects benefiting more than 2.1 million students. 

Check out all of our 2017-2018 grant winners pictured below. 

2017-2018 Bright Ideas Winners

Project Name
Winkler Middle Winkler Kids Getting Active and Saving Lives $1,000 Michael Petersen & Katherine Clymer
Concord Middle Serving Success $1,757 Shanna Meehan
Rockwell Elementary Operation Deployment $502 Breanne Dietz
Wolfe School Inclusive Tablet Time $1,222 Susan Samsel and Cheryl Nebel
Union County Virtual Seeing With My Own Eyes – Virtually Everywhere! $484 Andrew Starnes and Alicia Swackhamer
Union Academy The Trail of Native Americans on School Grounds $1,750 Susan Helms, Stacy Ferguson and Morgan Miles
Ridge Road Middle Ridge Road Greenhouse Project $1,189 Eddie Hubert, Jaclyn Cannon, Kenyanti Brooks and Richie Egnor
Piedmont High Glass Transformations $2,000 Tiffany Medford and Tracy Price
Poplin Elementary Thankful Thursdays $500 Marianne Conti, Sarah Mintz, Kelly Hagerman, Amanda Ball and Tracy Vargas
Sun Valley High  Solar Electric Pet Shelter $1,569 Eddie Mull
Marvin Ridge High Souper Students Helping the Hungry $1,797 Chris Roncone and Stacy Corday
Rocky River Elementary Observing the Unseen $1,000 Adam Haas

Wingate Elementary

My Sister’s Keeper $508

Joya Wortham

Wingate Elementary Light up the Mind’s Eye! $135

Teresa Higgins

W. M. Irvin Elementary

Adventures of Irv and Ivy $1,999   Emily Schmidt & Sarah McAlister

Patriots STEM Elementary

NASCAR Hall of Fame

$558   Heather Stowe

Central Elementary

Muddy Sneakers, the Joy of Learning Outside $1,500   Amber Flamer

Oakboro Choice STEM School

Seeds of Sustainability at Oakboro Choice STEM $1,000   Hannah Griffin

West Stanly Middle

West Stanly Middle – Book Ninjas $500   Michelle Meehan

2017-2018 Bright Ideas Winners


2017-2018 Wingate Elementary Carolina Panthers Event


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For more information contact: Theresa Chance, Program Coordinator (704-220-0709)