Classroom Technology Awards for Teachers

2017/2018 Classroom Technology grant applications are no longer being accepted! Winners to be announced mid-October, 2017.

NOTE: The Classroom Technology Awards grant programs is NOT the same as the Bright Ideas grant program. They are 2 separate and distinct programs. On-line applications for the Bright Ideas grants is available at

  • Wake Electric seeks Classroom Technology Awards grant applicants from North Carolina public school teachers serving 1) grades K-12 and 2) area community colleges.
  • Public school and community college teachers in Durham, Franklin, Granville, Johnston, Nash, Vance and Wake counties are eligible to apply.
  • Grants of up to $3,000 will be awarded in any discipline for specific technology such as computers, tablets, 3D printers, Chromebooks, SMART boards, software, etc.  The technology must benefit the students in the classroom. Wake Electric will distribute up to $20,000 in Classroom Technology Awards funds.
  • Grants are to be used during the 2017-2018 school year.
  • Areas of interest to our judges are originality, creativity, Innovation, grammar, punctuation and thoroughness.
  • Winners will be notified mid-October 2017 and money will be awarded no later than November. The deadline for accepting applications was September 13, 2017 by 5:00 p.m. No applications will be accepted after this date and time.

An online application can be completed by clicking on this link:  Classroom Technology Grant Application (note:  only online applications will be accepted).

  • If you have received a CTA grant in the past, in order to be eligible to receive a 2017 grant, you must provide a one page typed summary of the project outlining how the project proved successful and/or benefited your students. Photos and samples of projects are welcomed and encouraged.

2016 Classroom Technology Grant Winners


Eight teachers in Franklin, Granville, Johnston, Vance and Wake counties were awarded a 2016 Classroom Technology grant. The total amount of grant monies awarded is $19,269.00. This year’s winners are:

Julie Fountain Butner-Stem Middle Butner, NC
Hannah Price West Vie Elementary Garner, NC
Andrew Bond Clayton High Clayton, NC
Montorya Root Hilburn Academy Raleigh, NC
Christina Thompson East Wake Academy Zebulon, NC
Laura Wilson Franklinton High Franklinton, NC
Doug Pawlak Riverwood Middle Clayton, NC
Elaine Stem Vance-Granville Community College Henderson, NC

The funds for the Classroom Technology 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.

Wake Electric is a non-profit electric utility serving over 42,500 consumers in parts of Durham, Franklin, Granville, Johnston, Nash, Vance, and Wake counties.