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Bright Ideas Education Grants

Bright Ideas Grant Applications for 2017-18

Bright IdeasCarteret-Craven Electric Cooperative (CCEC) and the Carteret-Craven Electric Foundation will fund more than $20,000 in grants for innovative, hands-on classroom projects in Carteret County and Havelock schools for the 2017-18 school year.

Applications will be accepted April 1 through Sept. 18, 2017, but don’t delay. Those who submit applications by the Aug. 15 ‘early bird’ deadline will be entered in a drawing for a $100 Visa gift card. The grant application and more information can be found at:

Since 1994, the cooperative and its foundation have helped 111,916 students in Carteret County and Havelock excel through $403,316 in Bright Ideas Grants .

We take great pleasure in helping teachers put their innovative ideas in action for their students. hese grants are a meaningful investment in our students and future leaders.

Applications will be judged in a competitive evaluation process, and judges will be on the lookout for projects that feature innovation and creativity.

We have found that educators have a wealth of creative ideas for teaching, but often lack the resources to make their projects come to life. he Bright Ideas program not only inspires students, it shows support for our dedicated educators.

Bright Ideas grants are available to public school teachers in K-12 classrooms across the state and are supported by all 26 North Carolina electric cooperatives. Collectively those co-ops have contributed more than $10.9 million to teachers for 10,400 projects benefiting more than 2.1 million students since 1994.

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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