Bright Ideas

Calling All Educators


Teachers with creative ideas for hands-on classroom projects should apply now for a Bright Ideas education grant of up to $1,000 from Rutherford EMC. But hurry! The final deadline to apply for a grant is September 19, 2018. Interested teachers can find the application, grant-writing tips, and more information on the Bright Ideas website at

“Rutherford EMC has supported teachers through the Bright Ideas program since 1994, and we know firsthand how dedicated and creative our local educators are,” said Dirk Burleson, vice president of member and cooperate services at Rutherford EMC. “By providing educators with new tools to reach students, we’re proud to also be investing in young minds and the future of our communities.”

Grants for the 2018-2019 school year will be awarded in November for projects in all grade levels and all disciplines, including math, science, language, art, English and history. Last year, Rutherford EMC awarded more than $16,600 to local teachers to fund 22 different projects. These grants were projected to benefit more than 2,500 students in Burke, Catawba, Cleveland, Gaston, Lincoln, McDowell, Polk and Rutherford Counties.

The Bright Ideas grant application requires an outline of the proposed project, a detailed budget, and a description of the benefit to students. Applicants are encouraged to highlight the innovative and creative elements of the project and to proofread carefully. Remember, teachers at qualifying schools can apply individually or as a team, but hurry, September 19 is the final deadline!

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