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 in mid-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 $14.3 million to teachers for 13,536 projects benefiting more than 2.8 million students.

2021 Bright Ideas Grant Winners:

Applicant NameSchoolProject NameStudents AffectedAmount awarded
Megan CharltonBeverly Hills STEM ElementaryMaking the Makerspace281$1,962
Joanne BernardJ.N. Fries MiddleBringing Computer Science to Students with Disabilities23$1,788
Deidre L MallowIndependence HighCulinary Craving Greenhouse120$1,970
Abbie HessIndependence HighSustainable Apothecary Art Supply Garden2,300$2,000
Danielle LefebvreJay M. Robinson MiddleInclusive Garden: Helping Young Minds Grow30$1,994
Brittani WaldripCentral ElementaryA Little Spot of Counseling at Central Elementary550$247
Jennifer S CrawfordOakboro Choice STEM SchoolOCSS Agriculture Center355$1,947
Drew LaucherRichfield ElementaryOutdoor Science Classroom for K-5315$1,921
Stacey A LarsonNew Salem ElementaryCatching Curiosity STEM Bins75$1,659
Adam HaasRocky River ElementaryEngineering Critical Thinking Skills600$2,000
Andrea WisniewskiSandy Ridge ElementaryMath/Science Project Based Learning90$1,528
Chris RonconeUnion County Early CollegeCyclone Shelter320$2,000