Bright Ideas Grants

Bright Ideas Education Grants

The application period for the 2019-2020 school year is closed. 

For more information: Email Carrie Stroud, or call 704-220-0714.

Educators with creative ideas for hands-on classroom projects are encouraged to apply for a grant starting on April 1, each year. The deadline to submit an application is in September. 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 $12.2 million to teachers for 11,600 projects benefiting more than 2.3 million students. Below are our 2018/2019 Bright Idea winners.

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2018/2019 Bright Idea Winners
School Name
Project Name
Union Elementary Coding with Ozobots Mona Diggs $1,279
Wingate Elementary Building a Community of Readers Janna Tolleson $880
Olde Providence Elementary Let’s Celebrate Diversity Cheryl Streeter $1,894
Stallings Elementary 3-D Printing in 3(r)D Grade Amy Erb $1,426
Fairview Elementary Music & Science: a Duet for Young Learners Maegan Sloan $270
Fairview Elementary Parents as Partners Krystle Herrin $1,570
Piedmont High Jewelers Inspiring Joy for Tomorrow Tiffany Medford $1,694
Piedmont High Living Spaces — Happy Faces Annette Harris  $1,000
Sun Valley Imagine – Design – Create Eddie Mull $300
Millbridge Elementary Monster Truck Technology Mark Rockwell $1,926
Millbridge Elementary Macro Learning Opportunity with Microscopes Angela DeMarco $1,913
North Stanly High School The Droids You’re Looking For Jared Speight $855
West Stanly Middle School Unlocking Critical Thinking Using Lock Boxes Cynthia Wells $1,875
Jay M. Robinson High Wild Readers Crista Lewis $1,060
Patriots STEM Elementary Pollution Filtration: A Floating Island – PBL Megan Charlton $511
Patriots STEM Elementary To Infinity & Beyond Megan Charlton $200
Patriots STEM Elementary Your Light Shines for Us Ragin Kenny $500
Weddington Hill Elementary Where the Wild Things Grow Kate Highsmith $1,000
White Water Middle Penguin Dwellings Laura Thrash $903