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Don't Let Budgets Hold You Back

It’s time to begin planning those lessons, scouring web sites for the best ideas to use in your classrooms, and purchasing materials. While school budgets try and cover the basics, big ideas, even medium sized ideas, need help.

The Bright Ideas grant program is just the thing, it offers grants to teachers for innovative, classroom-based projects and ideas. Over the years, Bright Ideas grants have given teachers across the state an assortment of classroom aids, kits and technology to keep learning interesting.

Each year, South River EMC awards at least $50,000 for classroom projects and materials. Teachers, who must be from a certified K-12 public school, can apply for a maximum grant amount of $2,500 from the Cooperative. There is no limit to the amount of times you can apply.

There is still time to get an application submitted before the early bird deadline of August 15, which makes you eligible to win a $100 Visa gift card.

The final application deadline is September 19 and the application doesn't have to be completed in one sitting. You can start, save, and return to finish it, which helps if you need to think an idea out.

Always be sure to have someone proofread your grant, this goes a long way in avoiding errors and submitting a great proposal. Be sure to have your principal’s approval before the grant is submitted.

Statewide, cooperatives annually fund over $530,000 in grants. Since its inception, the Bright Ideas Grant program has funded $11.5 million in grants and has touched the lives of over 2.2 million North Carolina students.

When you’re ready to write your grant visit and start writing. Remember, grants submitted to South River EMC will only be accepted through the Bright Ideas web site,

If you have questions, please contact South River EMC at 910-892-8071 or by e-mail at

South River EMC is a locally-owned and operated electric cooperative, which provides electric service to 43,000 homes, farms and businesses in parts of Harnett, Cumberland, Sampson, Johnston and Bladen counties.

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