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8/23/2019 7:01:00 AM
Local Teachers Apply For Bright Ideas Grants By Sept. 23

Rutherford EMC
Press Release

FOREST CITY, N.C. – Time is running out for local K-12 teachers to apply for grants of up to $1,000 from Rutherford EMC through the Bright Ideas Education Grant Program.Educators with creative ideas for hands-on classroom projects must submit their application by September 23, 2019. Interested teachers can find the application, along with grant-writing tips and program information, on the Bright Ideas website at

A total of more than $15,000 will be awarded by Rutherford EMC this fall to local educators for projects across all grade levels and subjects. Classroom teachers at qualifying K-12 schools can apply for grants individually or as a team.

Rutherford EMC is one of 26 electric cooperatives in North Carolina offering Bright Ideas grants to local teachers. More than $600,000 in Bright Ideas grants is expected to be awarded to teachers statewide this year.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Bright Ideas program. Since 1994, North Carolina’s electric cooperatives have awarded more than $12.2 million in Bright Ideas funding for nearly 11,700 projects supporting teachers and benefiting more than 2.3 million students.

The Bright Ideas grant program is part of Rutherford EMC’s ongoing commitment to community and education. To learn more about this and other community outreach efforts visit

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