Bright Ideas Grants

2018 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.
  • 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 was 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.

2018 Bright Ideas Teacher Grant winners

21 teachers in Franklin, Nash/Rocky Mount, Johnston, Vance and Wake counties have been awarded the 2018 Bright Ideas grants.  The grants will be used for a variety of classroom programs throughout the school year. Grant winners are:

Leigh Hooks Princeton Elementary Princeton, NC
Jan Bullock Princeton Elementary Princeton, NC
Paul Cancellieri Rolesville Middle Rolesville, NC
Jessica Boylan Olive Chapel Elementary Apex, NC
Denise Laycock Panther Creek High Cary, NC
Shane Westhafer Lufkin Road Middle Apex, NC
Andrew McQuiston Middle Creek High Apex, NC
Roy Kemp Franklinton High Franklinton, NC
Donna Hawkins Smithfield Middle Smithfield, NC
Megan Alvord Needham Broughton High Raleigh, NC
Nathan Stack Baucom Elementary Apex, NC
Carl Harrington East Wake Academy Zebulon, NC
Jennifer Hulsey Athens Drive High Raleigh, NC
Bobbie Lequire Richland Creek Elementary Wake Forest, NC
Charlene Outland Rocky Mount Middle Rocky Mount, NC
Will Jung Millbrook High Raleigh, NC
Francis Brown Southern Vance High Henderson, NC
Marcy Keener G R Edwards Jr. High Rocky Mount, NC
Elizabeth Godwin Coopers Elementary Elm City, NC
Amie McCall Wake Forest-Rolesville Middle Wake Forest, NC
William Slechta West Cary Middle Cary

Wake Electric is a non-profit electric utility serving over 45,300 consumers in parts of Durham, Franklin, Granville, Johnston, Nash, Vance, and Wake counties.
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.