Bright Ideas Education Grants Available to Teachers

Teachers in North Carolina are being given the opportunity to win grants for innovative classroom projects. Piedmont Electric along with other North Carolina electric cooperatives have allocated more than $600,000 to award educators across the state during the 2012-2013 school year. The application period opened April 1 and ends September 14. Teachers can learn more about the program and apply online at www.ncbrightideas.com . Grants will be awarded in all disciplines and grade levels for creative, hands-on projects that would otherwise go unfunded.

Educators who submit their application by the early-bird deadline of August 17 will be entered to win a $500 Visa gift card.

To apply, educators must submit an application that includes a description of the project’s goals, implementation method, creative elements and budget. Applications will be judged in a competitive evaluation process, and judges will be on the lookout for projects that address students’ needs in creative ways.

Piedmont Electric awards grants up to $1,500. The Bright Ideas Grant program is part of the electric cooperatives’ ongoing commitment to North Carolina communities. North Carolina’s 26 electric cooperatives serve more than 2.5 million people in 93 of the state’s 100 counties.