Deadline looms to apply for BEMC Bright Ideas grants

SUPPLY — Time is running out for local teachers to apply for grants of up to $2,000 from Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation’s Bright Ideas education grant program.

Educators with creative ideas for hands-on classroom projects must submit their application by Sept. 21. Interested teachers can find the application, grant-writing tips and more information on the Bright Ideas grant website at

The Bright Ideas grant application requires an outline of the proposed project, a detailed budget and a description of the benefit to students. Applicants are encouraged to highlight the innovative, creative elements of the project and to proofread carefully.

“Since 1994, the Bright Ideas education grant program has provided more than $9.6 million for 9,200 projects benefitting more than 1.8 million students in North Carolina,” said Don Hughes, CEO/general manager of BEMC. “We are committed to local communities, and we believe there’s no better way to contribute than by investing in the education of our youth.”

Teachers who submit their applications by the early bird deadline of Aug. 14 will be entered into a statewide drawing for one of five $100 Visa gift cards. The early bird prize winners will be notified and recognized on the Bright Ideas website and Facebook page at In addition, BEMC will award an additional $100 Visa gift card locally to an applicant from the BEMC service area.