Bright Ideas Grants

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 September 17. 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 $13.6 million to teachers for 12,922 projects benefiting more than 2.7 million students. Below are our 2020/2021 Bright Idea winners.

2020/2021 Bright Idea Winners

School NameProject NameTeacherGrant
A. T. Allen ElementaryA Hub of LearningSandy Ku$1,997
P.L.U.G. Into the ZoneLaura B. Cabaniss$1,938
W.M. Irvin ElementaryVroom! Vroom! Let’s RollEmily Wheeler Schmidt$593
Harold E. Winker Middle Vocational Training for Students with Special NeedsCarrie Morgan$952
J. N Fries MiddleMobile STEM ClassroomLeila Merrel$1,251
Jay M. Robinson HighRobotic V5 Coding IntiativeDavid Parisi$1,486
Northwest Cabarrus HighElectricity and the Magnetic Field-Electric GuitarZachary Trivett$1,804
Central Elementary School Counseling DepartmentBrittany Waldrip$300
Albermarle HighSafe Haven Project Dana Hardeman$500
North Stanly HighSports Medicine ProgramJoanna Gagliardi$1,948
Prospect ElementaryTeach ALL Kids to READ!Kelly Nance$1,684
Rocky River ElementaryCreating Engineers with “Rube Goldberg” MachinesAdam Haas$1.971
Rocky River ElementaryDream STEAM Building EngineersSabrina Parra$685
Cuthberson HighCavalier CultivatorStefanie Carnathan$789
Piedmont HighExploring the Language of LifeBethany L. Walker$1,975