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Bright Ideas Education Grants: It Pays to be Early!

It pays to apply early for a Bright Ideas education grant! Teachers who submit their grant application by the Aug. 15 early bird deadline will be entered into a statewide drawing to win one of five $100 gift cards. 

The final deadline to apply for a Bright Ideas grant of up to $1,000 from CCEC and the Carteret-Craven Electric Foundation is Sept. 23.

The Bright Ideas education grant program is celebrating 25 years of making creative, innovative projects possible in North Carolina K-12 classrooms. Since the program began in 1994, CCEC and the Carteret-Craven Electric Foundation have contributed close to $490,000 to local educators. Educators statewide have received more than $12.2 million in Bright Ideas grant funding for nearly 11,700 projects benefiting 2.3 million North Carolina students.

To learn more about the program and apply, visit


A 2018-19 Bright Ideas grant helped Broad Creek Middle AIG Specialist Tammy Scot buy materials for students to use in designing balsa wood bridges for a competition, creating an artificial limb and hand using everyday objects and 3D-printed parts.

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