This year, North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives have allocated more than $660,000 in Bright Ideas grant funding to award educators for innovative classroom projects for the 2013-2014 school year. Teachers, principals and school counselors can apply for grants of up to $1,500. To learn more about the program and start an online application, visit www.NCBrightIdeas.com. The deadline to submit applications for the 2013-2014 school year is September 20, 2013. Applicants who submit their application by the early-bird deadline on August 16 will be entered in a drawing to win a $500 Visa gift card.