30 Years of Bright Ideas

For 30 years, CCEC has partnered with local educators in Carteret County and Havelock to bring learning to life through the Bright Ideas education grant program. Starting April 1, educators can apply for Bright Ideas grants of up to $1,250 for innovative, hands-on classroom projects that would not otherwise be funded. Educators can learn more and apply online at https://brightideas.ncemcs.com/.

CCEC expects to award more than $30,000 in Bright Ideas grants this year. The grants are available to PreK-12 teachers for projects in any subject, and educators can apply individually or as a team.

Applications will be accepted April 15 through Sept. 15. Teachers who submit their applications by the early bird deadline of Aug. 15 will be entered to win a $100 Visa gift card.

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. Grant-writing tips can be found at https://brightideas.ncemcs.com/.

Bright Ideas grants are available through each of North Carolina’s 26 electric cooperatives, including CCEC. Since the program began in 1994, educators statewide have received more than $14 million in Bright Ideas grant funding, and approximately 3.5 million North Carolina students have participated in 14,200 Bright Ideas-funded projects. 

Beyond powering the lives of our local members, CCEC is committed to building a brighter future by supporting our youth and future leaders. Since 1994, CCEC has issued more than $588,000 in grants, making possible 802 projects that have benefited well over 152,000 students.  

Carteret-Craven's grant coordinator is Melissa Glenn and she can be reached at 252.727.2221 or 800.682.2217 or e-mail at: melissag@ccemc.com.