Educators, It’s Bright Ideas Grant Time!


Rutherford EMC proudly supports the education of our youth and our schools through a variety of scholarships, grants and learning opportunities.

Each April Rutherford EMC opens the application process and accepts applications from area educators serving grades K-12 in public schools. Bright Ideas grants provide educators with funding of up to $1,000 per grant for innovative classroom projects that benefit students and would not otherwise be covered by the school budget. Applications are open to all schools in our service area of Burke, McDowell, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Cleveland, Catawba, Caldwell, Lincoln and Gaston counties. 

Bright Ideas has funded a variety of hands-on projects, including activities in music, art, history, language, reading, science, math, and STEM. Proposals can come from any area of the curriculum. Projects must directly benefit students, provide ongoing benefits, and use innovative teaching methods.

Full details of the Bright Ideas program can be found at All applications must be submitted online at the website above.

For more information, contact Chad Bailey, Member Services Representative at 800-521-0920 Ext. 450,  or visit Here you will be able to see sample applications, apply online and get the answer to most any question you may have about your "bright idea.” (Note: online applications will be accepted April 1 through September 15.)

Rutherford EMC is one of several North Carolina electric cooperatives providing Bright Ideas grants. Together, we have provided over $15 million for North Carolina teachers and students.