Bright Idea grant deadline approaches

DOBSON — Time is running out for teachers to apply for grants of up to $1,000 from Surry-Yadkin EMC’s Bright Ideas education grant program. September 18 is the last day educators can submit their applications for a chance to receive funding for creative, hands-on classroom projects. Interested teachers can find the application, grant-writing tips, and more information on the Bright Ideas website at

“Since 1994, the Bright Ideas education grant program has provided more than $9.6 million for 9,200 projects benefitting more than 1.8 million students in our state,” said Greg Puckett, executive vice president and general manager at Surry-Yadkin EMC. “North Carolina’s electric cooperatives are committed to the communities we serve, and we believe there’s no better way to contribute than by investing in the education of our youth and future leaders.”

Surry-Yadkin EMC and electric cooperatives statewide expect to award nearly $600,000 to educators for Bright Ideas projects during the 2015-16 school year. Last year, Surry-Yadkin EMC awarded more than $6,000 to local teachers.

Bright Ideas grants are available to certified K-12 teachers for innovative projects in any subject. Applications require 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.

North Carolina’s electric cooperatives serve more than 2.5 million people in 93 of the state’s 100 counties. Surry-Yadkin Electric Membership Corporation provides electricity for about 27,000 rural residents and businesses throughout Surry, Yadkin, Stokes, Wilkes, and Forsyth counties. For more information about the co-op, and for updates about future scholarship and grant opportunities, visit

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