Bright Ideas Grant Program

         2019 Bright Ideas Grant Winners announced!

  • 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 Electric.  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.
  • 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 2019 grants was September 18, 2019 by 5:00 p.m.
  • Since 1994, Wake Electric has given a total of $934,477.00 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.

2019 Bright Ideas Teacher Grant winners

22 teachers in Franklin, Granville, Johnston, Nash/Rocky Mount, and Wake counties have been awarded the 2019 Bright Ideas grants.  The grants will be used for a variety of classroom programs throughout the school year. Grant winners are:

Kerry Piper Apex High Apex, NC
Delana Perry Southern Nash Sr. High Bailey, NC
Jessica Boylan Olive Chapel Elementary Apex, NC
Joshua L. Jenkins Willow Springs Elementary Willow Springs, NC
Cynthia J. Linton Stough Elementary Raleigh, NC
Carole C. Griffin J F Webb High Oxford, NC
Jill Vorndran Youngsville Elementary Youngsville, NC
Jennifer Lowry Athens Drive High Raleigh, NC
Connie W. Horton Franklinton Elementary Franklinton, NC
Barnanne Creech Zebulon Middle Zebulon, NC
Susan Hewlett Envision Science Academy Wake Forest, NC
Tommy Kemp Franklinton High Franklinton, NC
Andrew McQuiston Middle Creek High Apex, NC
Michelle Sykes Nash Central High Rocky Mount, NC
Rachael Polmanteer River Bend Middle Raleigh, NC
Corinne Spivey Rolesville Middle Rolesville
Mary Warehime Granville Academy Franklinton, NC
Lindsay Spinner Combs Elementary Raleigh, NC
William Taylor, Jr. Granville Central High Stem, NC
Sheila Boone Rolesville Elementary Rolesville, NC
Mistie Pulleyn Riverwood Elementary Clayton, NC
Karen Waller Timber Drive Elementary Garner, 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 46,900 consumers in parts of Durham, Franklin, Granville, Johnston, Nash, Vance, and Wake counties.

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.