Bright Ideas Applications Open

Randolph EMC Accepting Bright Ideas Grant Applications:

Teachers can apply for grants up to $2,000 to fund innovative projects

Asheboro, NC, April 1, 2024 – Local educators can apply for a Bright Ideas grant from Randolph EMC now through September 15, 2024. The grants, offered annually to teachers to bring creative classroom learning projects to life, support innovative projects that energize and enhance student success. Educators can learn more and apply online at

We are proud to say that this is our thirtieth year supporting education through the Bright Ideas grant program,” said REMC Communications and Public Affairs Manager Nicole Arnold. “As a community-focused organization, we are committed to building a brighter future for our students and our region, and we encourage all educators with ‘bright ideas’ to submit an application.”

Randolph EMC expects to award $14,000 in Bright Ideas grants this year to K-12 teachers across its service area in Randolph, Moore, Montgomery, Chatham, and Alamance counties. Grants of up to $2,000 are available in all subject areas. Teachers can apply individually or as a team.

Grants are available in all curriculum areas including art, science, history and mathematics. In 2023, Randolph EMC awarded fourteen grants to local teachers. Over the past 29 years, Randolph EMC has invested over $330,000 for innovative projects that have benefited students in our five-county area.

Applications will be accepted now through September 15, 2024. Teachers who submit their application by the early bird deadline of August 15 will be entered to win one of five $100 Visa gift cards.

To apply, teachers must include a budget and explain the implementation, goals, creative elements and evaluation of the project. They must also have approval from their school’s principal. Applications will be judged through a competitive evaluation process, with judges looking for projects that feature inventive approaches to learning. Grant-writing tips can be found at

Supported by all 26 electric cooperatives in North Carolina, Bright Ideas grants have contributed $15 million to N.C. classrooms, funding a total of 14,200 projects that have benefited well over 3.5 million students statewide since 1994.

Support for youth and education is part of our continued commitment to building a brighter future for the communities we serve. To learn more, visit