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Bright Ideas Education Grants

Bright Ideas Grants Empower Teachers & Students

Bright Ideas LogoBright Ideas is an award-winning program among cooperative statewide that provides funding to school educators for innovative teaching projects that would otherwise go unfunded. The Carteret-Craven Electric Foundation provides supplemental funding to the Bright Ideas program so more educators can see their projects realized. The grant amounts may be small, no more than $1,000, but the impact is great by comparison. Since 1994, the co-op has awarded more than $380,400 in grants for projects that have benefited roughly 93,600 students.

Bright Ideas grants awarded by each of North Carolina’s 26 electric cooperatives has topped the $10 million mark. The grants fund creative learning projects in all subject areas and are available to Tar Heel teachers in grades K-12.

Reaching this $10 million milestone demonstrates the electric cooperatives’ unwavering commitment to the communities we serve," said CCEC Communications Director Lisa Galizia. "Bright Ideas grants have allowed us to work with many exceptional teachers to bring exciting new resources to the classroom and make a real difference for students. It’s a tradition we’re proud to continue."

Eligible educators include teachers and principals in schools located in Carteret-Craven's service area serving grades K-12. Grants in other areas of the state are available from electric cooperatives in that area. Grants are not awarded for educator salaries or expenses related to professional training. Teachers at qualifying schools can apply individually or as a team, and grants are available for all subjects. To apply, or for more information about the Bright Ideas grant program, visit

Carteret-Craven's grant coordinator is Lisa Galizia and she can be reached at (252) 727-2238 or (800) 682-2217 or e-mail at:

2015 Bright Ideas Winner Announced

The cooperative surprised 34 educators in Carteret and Craven counties in late October with Bright Ideas grants to fund engaging classroom learning projects.

Bright Ideas WinnerMore than 5,600 students will participate in Bright Ideas projects funded by CCEC this year. The Carteret-Craven Electric Foundation provides supplemental funding to the Bright Ideas program so more educators can see their projects realized. This year, the educators were awarded grants totaling $23,316.

“Our Bright Ideas grant winners are making a real difference for students,” said Lisa Galizia, communications director at CCEC. “These educators have so many innovative ideas to engage students in learning, and we’re excited each year to support pioneering initiatives and creativity in the classroom through our Bright Ideas grant program.”

Since the Bright Ideas grant program began in 1994, Carteret-Craven has contributed more than $380,000 to local teachers for projects that have benefited 93,666 students.

 “We are committed to the communities we serve, and we believe there is hardly a better investment than in the education of our youth and future leaders,” Galizia said.Bright Ideas Winner

CCEC is one of 26 member-owned electric cooperatives in the state offering Bright Ideas grants to local educators. These Touchstone Energy cooperatives will award teachers statewide close to $600,000 in Bright Ideas education grants in the 2015-16 funding cycle. Since 1994, North Carolina’s electric cooperatives collectively have awarded more than $9.6 million to Tar Heel teachers. The Bright Ideas program has reached well over 1.8 million North Carolina students and sponsored more than 9,200 projects in all subjects including math, reading, science and technology, history, music and the arts.


















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