Roanoke Electric Co-op accepting 2019-20 Bright Ideas Education grant applications beginning April 1

Roanoke Electric Co-op accepting 2019-20 Bright Ideas Education grant applications beginning April 1

For Immediate Release                                                                                                                   Media Contact: Lori Everhart | | 252-209-2236
Monday, April 1 , 2019                                                                                                                                                             


AHOSKIE, N.C.– Roanoke Electric Co-op is once again partnering with local educators to bring learning to life through the Bright Ideas education grant program. Beginning one week from today, local 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

This year marks the 25th anniversary of Bright Ideas. Roanoke Electric Co-op has awarded more than 100 Bright Ideas grants since the program’s inception in 1994, totaling nearly $250,000.00. Educators statewide have received program grant funding totaling more than $12.2 million, and more than 2.3 million North Carolina students have participated in 11,699 Bright Ideas-funded projects across the state.

“The Bright Ideas grant program seeks to encourage teacher originality and student engagement by funding projects that take a creative approach to learning,” said Chief Operating Officer Marshall Cherry. “Roanoke Electric Co-op is proud to be part of this long-standing effort to support both education and our local community.”

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.

Roanoke Electric Co-op awards grants to teachers located within its service territory in Bertie, Halifax, Hertford, Northampton, Gates, Perquimans and Chowan 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.

To apply, teachers must include a budget, explain the implementation, goals, creative elements and evaluation of the project and must 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 also be found on the program’s website.

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 learn more, visit, email or call 252-209-2236 or 1-800- 433-2236, ext. 601.

Roanoke Electric Cooperative provides service to 14,500 members in Bertie, Hertford, Halifax, Northampton, Gates, Perquimans and Chowan counties. Chartered in 1938 to provide light and power to farms, the co-op today serves as an engine of economic development and provides educational, recreational and community assistance services to enhance the quality of life of its member-owners throughout the diverse communities it serves. Roanoke Electric Cooperative news for journalists available at REC Newsroom. Roanoke Electric Cooperative is an equal opportunity provider and employer.






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