Bright Ideas education grants accepting applications

Staff report

BURGAW – Four County EMC is now accepting Bright Ideas applications for the 2016-2017 school year. Teachers can submit an application for grants up to $2,000 for creative, hands-on classroom projects that would not otherwise be possible. To learn more about the program and start an online application visit or

“For more than 20 years, Bright Ideas grants have helped teachers bring innovative ideas to life and get students excited about learning,” said Gay Johnson, director of Corporate Communications. “Four County EMC is committed to the communities we serve, and we believe there is no better investment than in the education of our youth.”

Four County EMC expects to award $19,860 in Bright Ideas grants this year to teachers in Bladen, Duplin, Pender and Sampson counties. The grants are available to K-12 teachers for innovative projects in any subject. Teachers can apply individually or as a team and are encouraged to apply online.

Applications will be accepted through Sept. 23, but it could pay to apply early. Teachers who submit their applications by the early bird deadline of Monday, Aug. 15, will be entered into a drawing for one of five $100 gift cards.

To apply, teachers must include a budget, explain the implementation, goals, creative elements and evaluation of the project and have approval from the school principal. Applications will be judged in a competitive evaluation process, and judges will be on the lookout for projects that feature innovation and creativity. The application and grant-writing tips can be found at

Since 1994, Four County EMC and North Carolina’s electric cooperatives have worked to enhance education by engaging students in meaningful learning projects that encourage creative approaches. In the past two decades, North Carolina’s electric cooperatives have contributed more than $10.2 million to teachers for 9,800 projects benefiting more than 2 million students.

“Teachers have amazing, creative ideas to help students succeed, and we never want a lack of resources to limit the implementation of those ideas,” Johnson said. “The enthusiasm and dedication of educators never ceases to amaze us, and we are proud to support their efforts.”

Four County EMC serves more than 32,500 members in Bladen, Duplin, Pender, Sampson, Columbus and Onslow counties.

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