North Carolina’s electric cooperatives, including Wake Electric, are accepting applications for Bright Ideas education grants to fund creative, classroom-based learning projects. Wake Electric’s final deadline to apply is 5 p.m., Monday, September 15. Other co-ops may have different deadlines. Teachers who submitted their application by the early-bird deadline of Aug. 15 had a chance to win five $100 gift cards to be used in the classroom. One of the names drawn was a teacher from Wake Electric’s service territory, Crystal Steiner, of Martin Middle School in Raleigh, NC.
Although the early bird prizes have been awarded, teachers in Wake Electric’s service area can apply for Bright Ideas grants of up to $3,000 which is part of $50,000 in funding that will be awarded. Wake Electric serves parts of Durham, Franklin, Granville, Johnston, Nash, Vance and Wake counties.
The application, grant-writing tips and more information about the Bright Ideas education grant program can be found at
This year marks North Carolina’s electric cooperatives’ 20th year of supporting teachers and students with Bright Ideas grants. Since 1994, North Carolina’s electric cooperatives have awarded more than $9.1 million in Bright Ideas grants funding for more than 8,800 projects benefitting 1.6 million students.
Wake Electric is an electric utility providing reliable, safe and affordable energy and related services to approximately 38,000 consumers in parts of Durham, Franklin, Granville, Johnston, Nash, Vance and Wake counties. We operate as a not-for-profit cooperative business and continually improve our services to meet the needs of our customers and enhance their quality of life.

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