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Pee Dee Electric accepting Bright Ideas grant applications

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WADESBORO — Pee Dee Electric is once again partnering with local educators to bring learning to life through the Bright Ideas education grant program. Starting April 1, educators can submit an application for Bright Ideas grants of up to $2,000 for innovative, hands-on classroom projects that would not otherwise be funded. Educators can learn more and apply online at www.ncbrightideas.com. 


This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Bright Ideas Education Grant program. Pee Dee expects to award around $13,000 in Bright Ideas grants this year to teachers in Anson, Richmond, Scotland, Stanly and Montgomery counties. The grants are available to K-12 teachers for projects in any subject, and educators can apply individually or as a team and must apply 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 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 www.ncbrightideas.com. 

Bright Ideas grants are available through each North Carolina’s 26 independent electric cooperatives, including Pee Dee Electric. 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.