Educators can apply for Bright Ideas grants up to $2,000 to fund innovative project

BURGAW – Four County EMC is once again partnering with local educators to bring learning to life through the Bright Ideas education grant program.

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. Educators can learn more and apply online at

“The Bright Ideas grant program seeks to encourage teacher originality and student engagement by funding projects that take a creative approach to learning,” said Gay Johnson, director of Corporate Communications. “Four County EMC is proud to be part of this long-standing effort to support both education and our local community.”

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 projects in any subject, and educators can apply individually or as a team and are encouraged to apply online.

Applications will be accepted now through Sept. 28. 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. Grant-writing tips can be found at

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