Deadline for Bright Ideas teacher grants is Sept. 23

Staff report

BURGAW — Time is running out for teachers to apply for grants of up to $2,000 from Four County EMC’s Bright Ideas education grant program.

Educators with creative ideas for hands-on classroom projects must submit their application by September 23. Interested teachers can find the application, grant-writing tips and more information on the Bright Ideas grant website at

“Since 1994, the Bright Ideas education grant program has provided more than $10.2 million for 9,800 projects benefitting more than 2 million students across North Carolina,” said Gay Johnson, director of Corporate Communications of Four County EMC. “Education is key in building and maintaining strong communities. At Four County EMC, we are proud to support the communities we serve by supporting the educators who shape our future leaders.”

Four County EMC and North Carolina’s electric cooperatives collectively have allocated close to $600,000 to give to educators across the state during the 2016-2017 school year.

The grants will be awarded in November for projects in all grade levels and all disciplines, including math, science, art, language, English and history. Last year, Four

County EMC awarded more than $19,500 to fund 23 grants illuminating classroom projects.

The Bright Ideas grant application requires an outline of the proposed project, a detailed budget and a description of the benefit to students. Applicants are encouraged to highlight the innovative, creative elements of the project and to proofread carefully. Teachers, submit your application by September 23!

Four County EMC serves more than 32,500 members in Bladen, Duplin, Pender, Sampson, Columbus and Onslow counties. For more information, visit

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