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Bright Ideas Celebrates 25 Years

Celebrating 25 years of support for creative learning, the Bright Ideas Education Grant program is now accepting applications for the 2019-20 school year.

Educators can apply for up to $1,000 in grants to fund creative, hands-on classroom projects in K-12 classrooms. Teachers can apply individually or as a team, and grants are available for all subjects.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Bright Ideas program. Grants are awarded by each of North Carolina’s 26 electric cooperatives, including CCEC, and are open to teachers in all 100 counties. Approximately 600 grants are awarded statewide to teachers each year for projects that engage students in new and innovative ways.

Last year, CCEC awarded $23,316 in Bright Ideas grants to 33 educators at 20 schools in Carteret County and Havelock. Across the state, cooperatives awarded more than $675,000 in to teachers for 602 innovative projects statewide. This marks the largest amount of Bright Ideas funding ever awarded in one year by the state’s electric co-ops.

Since 1994, North Carolina’s electric cooperatives collectively have awarded more than $12.2 million in Bright Ideas grants to fund more than 11,600 projects, reaching more than 2.3 million students in subjects including math, reading, science, technology, music and the arts.

Apply Now!

Applications are accepted April 1 through Sept. 23. To learn more and apply for a Bright Ideas grant, visit


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