Bright Ideas Grants

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Applications for 2018/2019 Bright Ideas Grants are now 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 2018-2019 school year.
  • Grants of up to $3,000 available. The deadline for teachers to submit an application for the 2018 grants is September 12, 2018 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.

2017 Bright Ideas Teacher Grant winners

25 teachers in Durham, Franklin, Nash/Rocky Mount, Johnston, Granville and Wake counties have been awarded the 2017 Bright Ideas grants.  The grants will be used for a variety of classroom programs throughout the
school year. Grant winners are:

Amber Edwards Riverwood Middle School Clayton
April Bernier Innovation Academy at South Campus Smithfield
Beth Campbell Mt Vernon Redirection Raleigh
Bruce Mamel Millbrook High Raleigh
Cynthia J Linton Stough Elementary Raleigh
David Sander Wake Forest High Wake Forest
Diane Johnson North Johnston High Kenly
Doug Pawlak Riverwood Middle Clayton
Elizabeth Godwin Coopers Elementary Elm City
Emily Haggerty Rocky Mount High Rocky Mount
Erin Nivens Central Park School for Children Durham
Jan Bullock Princeton Elementary Princeton
Joann Blumenfeld Needham Broughton High Raleigh
John Wozniak Nash Central High Rocky Mount
Karen Waller Timber Drive Elementary Garner
Kendra Madding Central Park School for Children Durham
LeAnne Wolford Hodge Road Elementary Knightdale
Marissa Minnick Merrick-Moore Elementary Durham
Nathan Moreschi Franklinton High Franklinton
Rachael Polmanteer Wake Forest Middle Wake Forest
Tammy Bunn Heritage Elementary Wake Forest
Tommy Kemp Franklinton High Franklinton
Travis Martin William G Enloe High Raleigh
Trisha Dillon Sycamore Creek Elementary Raleigh
Victoria Sondecker JF Webb High Oxford

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 43,500 consumers in parts of Durham, Franklin, Granville, Johnston, Nash, Vance, and Wake counties.