Time is running out for teachers to apply for from Wake Electric’s Bright Ideas education grant program. The co-op will give out a total of $50,000 this year.  Educators with creative ideas for hands-on classroom projects must submit their application by final deadline. Interested teachers can find the application, grant-writing tips and more information on the Bright Ideas grant website at www.ncbrightideas.com or for more information, check out Wake Electric’s Bright Ideas page. Public school teachers in Durham, Franklin, Granville, Johnston, Nash, Vance and Wake counties are eligible to apply.

“Since 1994, the Bright Ideas education grant program has provided more than $10.2 million for 9,800 projects benefitting more than 2 million students across North Carolina,” said Darnell Alford, program administrator for Bright Ideas. “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.”

Wake Electric and North Carolina’s electric cooperatives collectively have allocated close to $600,000 to give to educators across the state during the 2016-2017 school year.

The grants will be awarded in November for projects in all grade levels and all disciplines, including math, science, art, language, English and history. Last year, Wake Electric awarded more than 50,000 to fund 21 grants illuminating classroom projects.

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. Teachers, submit your application by final deadline!