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Bright Ideas

At Lumbee River EMC & North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives, we believe there is no more important investment than in our state’s youth. That’s why for more than 20 years, the electric co-ops have offered Bright Ideas education grants to Tar Heel teachers in K-12 classrooms across the state. 

Bright Ideas grants provide funding for innovative, classroom-based projects that would otherwise not be possible. Since 1994, we have touched the lives of more than 2 million students who have participated in 9,800 Bright Ideas projects, and given out more than $10.2 million. Each year, close to 600 grants are funded across the state. Lumbee River EMC is proud to be one of North Carolina's 27 electric cooperatives that sponsor the Bright Ideas grant program.

The Rules

  • For North Carolina teachers in grades K-12
  • Teachers must include a budget, explain the creative elements, implementation, goals and evaluation of the project, and have approval from the school principal
  • Projects that could be funded up to $2,000
  • Open to all subjects
  • Teachers are limited to one grant proposal per year and are eligible even if they have received a grant before.
  • Teachers may apply as individuals or as a team for the grants.

North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives, including Lumbee River EMC will begin accepting applications for the 2017-2018 school year on April 1, 2017. All applications must be submitted by September 15, 2017. Applications submitted by August 15, 2017 will be entered into an early bird drawing.

Visit the NC Bright Ideas website for more information and to apply:



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