Bright Ideas grants now being accepted!

Central Electric is once again partnering with local educators to bring learning to life through the Bright Ideas education grant program. Local educators can submit an application for Bright Ideas grants of up to $2,000 for innovative, hands-on classroom projects that would not otherwise be funded.

The cooperative expects to award nearly $15,000 in Bright Ideas grants this year to teachers in Chatham, Harnett, Lee and Moore counties. The grants are available to K-12 teachers for projects in any subject, and educators can apply individually or as a team. Applications will be accepted through Sept. 19; however, teachers who submit their applications by the early bird deadline of Aug. 15 will be entered to win one of five $100 Visa gift cards.

To apply, teachers must include a budget; explain the implementation, goals, creative elements and evaluation of the project; and have approval from their school’s principal. Applications will be judged through a competitive evaluation process, with judges looking for projects that feature inventive and creative approaches to learning.

To learn more about the Bright Ideas program, access the application or apply for a grant, visit Central Electric’s Bright Ideas Coordinator, Janet Jackson, can be reached at 919-708-1638 or by email at to answer any questions you may have about the program or the application process.