Bright Ideas Grants

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2017/2018 Bright Ideas grant applications are being accepted!



  • Information on the Bright Ideas grant program can be found at
  • NOTE: The Classroom Technology Awards grants and the Bright Ideas grants are two SEPARATE and DISTINCT grant programs offered by Wake Electirc.  Teachers can apply for both – but if a teacher does apply for both grants – he or she must apply for a DIFFERENT item or project between the two.
  • For example, a teacher cannot apply for SmartBoard funding through the Classroom Technology Awards grants and then apply for a SmartBoard through the Bright Ideas grant program.
  • Teachers in public schools in Durham, Franklin, Granville, Johnston, Nash, Vance and Wake counties are eligible to apply for a Wake Electric Bright ideas grant. To determine if your school is eligible for a Wake Electric Bright Ideas grant, go to
  • Wake Electric has allocated $50,000 for classroom-based projects through the Bright Ideas education grant program for the 2017-2018 school year.
  • Grants of up to $3,000 available. The deadline for teachers to submit an application for the 2017 grants is September 13, 2017 by 5:00 p.m.
  • Since 1994, Wake Electric has given a total of $833,759.00 in Bright Ideas grants to public school teachers in Durham, Franklin, Granville, Johnston, Nash, Vance and Wake counties.
  • Bright Ideas grants are intended to help finance innovative classroom projects that would be otherwise not receive funding. Over the years, North Carolina’s Touchstone Energy cooperative, including Wake Electric, have sponsored a variety of hands-on projects, including activities in music, art, history, language, math, science, career-planning and information technology.
  • The primary elements of the online application process include an explanation of the project and its potential benefits to students. Areas of importance to our judges are originality, creativity, innovation, grammar, punctuation and thoroughness. A sample application and contact information for program coordinators are available on the Bright Ideas Web site.

If you have questions about this or any other grant programs at Wake Electric, email or call 919-863-6312 or 1-800-474-6300.

2016 Bright Ideas Teacher Grant winners

21 teachers in Franklin, Nash, Johnston, Vance, Granville and Wake counties have been awarded the 2016 Bright Ideas grants.  The grants will be used for a variety of classroom programs throughout the school year. Grant winners are:

Cindy Raynor River Dell Elementary Clayton, NC
Michaela Crencea LB Yancey Elementary Henderson, NC
Cynthia Linton Stough Elementary Raleigh, NC
Christopher Cullom Bunn High Bunn, NC
Jan Bullock Princeton Elementary Princeton, NC
Karen Waller Timber Drive Elementary Garner, NC
Danielle Neujahr Franklinton Middle Franklinton, NC
Mike Bartholomew Southern Nash Senior High Bailey, NC
Christine Tuttell Washington Elementary Raleigh, NC
Farrah Preddy Mt. Energy Elementary Creedmoor, NC
Charlene Outland Rocky Mount Middle Rocky Mount, NC
Kathleen Keller Cary High Cary, NC
Pamela Fiely Rolesville Middle Rolesville, NC
Willie Langley Nash Central High Rocky Mount, NC
Emily Richardson Rocky Mount High Rocky Mount, NC
Deborah Gaul Center for Innovative Learning (CIL) Oxford, NC
Barbara Weiffenbach Northern Nash High Rocky Mount, NC
Heather Dahlberg Franklin Academy Wake Forest, NC
Christopher Zirkle Fuquay-Varina Middle Fuquay-Varina, NC
Amy Moore Coopers Elementary Elm City, NC
Leah Williams Neuse Charter Smithfield, NC

The funds for the Bright Ideas grants come from WEMC members who agree to round up their light bill to the nearest whole dollar through the Operation RoundUp program. For example, if the bill is $190.91 – the bill will be rounded up 9 cents to $191.00. These pennies add up to major dollars. Partial funding also comes from the North Carolina Electric Membership Corporation, located in Raleigh, NC. The NCEMC consists of a family of corporations formed to support the state’s 27 electric cooperatives.

Wake Electric is a non-profit electric utility serving over 42,500 consumers in parts of Durham, Franklin, Granville, Johnston, Nash, Vance, and Wake counties.