Teachers:  Apply now for Bright Ideas education grants!

It’s April, and here at Rutherford EMC, that means one thing: the beginning of a new season of Bright Ideas education grants! The Bright Ideas grant program is offered by all 26 of North Carolina’s electric cooperatives and supports educators in need of funding to implement creative, hands-on learning projects in their classrooms.

Since 1994, North Carolina’s electric co-ops have awarded more than $10.2 million in Bright Ideas grants to teachers statewide. More than 9,800 classroom projects benefiting well over 2 million North Carolina students have been made possible because of these grants.

Rutherford EMC is now accepting applications for Bright Ideas education grants for the 2016-17 school year. Teachers in K-12 classrooms with innovative ideas for hands-on learning projects are encouraged to apply for a grant up to $1,000. Last year, Rutherford EMC awarded 21 teachers more than $15,900 to fund innovative classroom projects to benefit more than 3,900 students at schools in Burke, Catawba, Cleveland, Gaston, Lincoln, McDowell, Polk and Rutherford counties.

Grant applications will be accepted April 1 through September 23. However, it could pay to apply early: All teachers who submit their applications by the early bird deadline of August 15 will be entered into a drawing for one of five $100 Visa gift cards.

Teachers  at qualifying schools can apply individually or as at team, and grants are available for all subjects. To apply, or for more information about the Bright Ideas grant program, visit www.ncbrightideas.com, or contact Gordon McDaniel at 1-800-521-0920/828-245-1621 (extension 450) or by e-mail at gmcdaniel@remc.com.