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Bright Ideas Program

Bright Ideas Education Grants – Applications Now Being Accepted!

EnergyUnited’s Bright Ideas program has expanded learning opportunities for students and teachers for over 25 years by awarding grants to North Carolina teachers to support innovative, classroom-based projects that wouldn’t typically be funded by schools. Sponsored through North Carolina’s Touchstone Energy cooperatives, Bright Ideas supports teachers who believe enhanced education inspires young minds, which is similar to EnergyUnited’s core value to create a brighter tomorrow within our communities.

Since 1994, EnergyUnited and the Bright Ideas program has funded more than 13,500 projects for local teachers across 19 counties in North Carolina, impacting over more than 2.8 million students.

To apply, teachers must explain their goals, creative elements, implementation and the budget of the project. Grants up to $2,000 are given to teachers who are accepted into the program.

Early Bird Deadline: August 15, 2022
Application Deadline: September 15, 2022
Click Here to Apply!


2021 Bright Ideas Winners

2021 NC Bright Ideas Winners


Applicant Name Grant Amount
Ashley Elementary Elizabeth Potts $480.12
Ashley Park Elementary Rachael Farah $501.20
Bandys High Angela Raby $1,400.00
Brawley Middle Dana Gillis $1,000.00
Carver High Christopher Jeffords $1,399.70
Celeste Henkel Elementary Laura Caldwell $1,057.90
Central Davie Academy Daniel Lough $1,000.00
Davidson Elementary Denise DiTondo $653.80
Davie County High Kristine Drum $864.35
East Alexander Middle Angela Hines $1,000.00
East Davidson High Paul J Satenstein $1,160.00
East Iredell Middle Savannah Jackson $1,966.17
Fair Grove Elementary Bleasha S Carroll $750.00
Francis Bradley Middle Elizabeth Smiley $1,000.00
Kannapolis Middle Dana Hardeman $750.00
Lakeshore Elementary Kelly Gray $1,021.25
Ledford High School Janna Stowe $1,900.00
Lexington Middle School Joann Thomas $1,283.92
Midway Elementary Amanda Johanson $1,212.49
North Davidson Middle Kristina Allred $515.00
North Davidson Middle Kacie Wilson $500.00
North Davidson Middle Amanda Coppley $1,500.00
North Iredell High Pamela Johnson $499.38
Reagan High Shannon Pylant $800.00
Stoner-Thomas School Sara Nussman $1,999.00
Taylorsville Elementary Melinda Glenn $850.00
The Brawley School Meridith Goldstein $353.85
The Brawley School Alicia Driver $891.77
The North Carolina Leadership Academy Kelly M Hartzell $1,260.00
The North Carolina Leadership Academy Kelly Kerr $338.75
The North Carolina Leadership Academy Doug Hathaway $1,700.00
Tyro Elementary School Haley Quick $700.00
Union Grove Elementary Heather Chenevey $410.00
Union Grove Elementary Jennifer York $462.00
Valley Academy (Yadkin Valley Regional Career Academy) Risa Jarman $1,242.00
Vienna Elementary Emily Ruebel $350.00
Walkertown Elementary Brittney Bray $400.00
Walnut Cove Elementary Genna Holt $1,000.00
West Alexander Middle Melanie Sigmon $330.00
West Alexander Middle Amanda Reid $800.00
West Charlotte High Tamara Glover $2,000.00
West Iredell High Rachael Moyer $2,000.00
West Iredell High Ryne Cooper $730.99
Whitaker Elementary Austin Beasley $1,289.95
Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools Virtual Academy Elaine Phelps $1,000.00
Wittenburg Elementary Sonya Teague $620.00
Total $44,943.59
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