Bright Ideas

Calling All Educators

Rutherford EMC is now Accepting 2019-2020 Bright Ideas Education Grant Applications

Rutherford EMC is once again partnering with local educators to bring learning to life through the Bright Ideas education grant program. As of April 1, educators could start submitting their applications for Bright Ideas grants of up to $1,000 for innovative, hands-on classroom projects that would not otherwise be funded. Educators can learn more at and apply online at

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Bright Ideas Education Grant program. Rutherford EMC expects to award over $15,000 in Bright Ideas grants to very innovative and deserving educators this year. These grants are available to K-12 teachers for projects in any subject, and educators can apply individually or as a team. Applications can only be submitted online.

Applications will be accepted April 1 through Sept. 23, 2019. Teachers who submit their applications by the early bird deadline of Aug. 15 will be entered to win one of five $100 Visa gift cards to be given away statewide.

To apply, teachers must include a budget; explain the implementation, goals, creative elements and evaluation of the project; and have approval from their school’s principal. Applications will be judged through a competitive evaluation process, with judges looking for projects that feature inventive and creative approaches to learning. Grant-writing tips can be found at

Bright Ideas grants are available through each of North Carolina’s 26 independent electric cooperatives, including Rutherford EMC. In 2018, North Carolina’s electric cooperatives collectively set a record by awarding more than $675,000 in Bright Ideas funding – the most awarded in a single year in the history of the program. Since the program began in 1994, educators statewide have received more than $12.2 million in Bright Ideas grant funding, and more than 2.3 million North Carolina students have participated in 11,699 Bright Ideas-funded projects.

As a member-owned cooperative Rutherford EMC is committed to supporting local communities. During the 2018-19 school year Rutherford EMC awarded over $15,600 in Bright Ideas Education Grants to 19 very deserving local educators. This could be your year, so get your Bright Ideas application started on line today!

To apply, or for more information about the Bright Ideas grant program, visit the website above or contact Chad Bailey at 1-800-521-0920 or 828-245-1621 (extension 450) or by e-mail at