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Bright Ideas Benefit Communities

South River EMC offers the Bright Ideas grant program to teachers working at K-12 public schools to help improve learning in times of lean budgets.

For the 2017-2018 school year the Cooperative is offering grants for up to $2,500 for innovative classroom based ideas. With expectations to award $50,000 for classroom projects and materials, South River EMC will reach $1 million in funding through Bright Ideas this year.

The early bird deadline is approaching, and any educators with an application in before August 15 will be eligible to win one of five $100 Visa gift cards.

If your idea isn’t quite ready yet, you have until September 18 to submit it online at

Join a growing number of teachers who are putting their bright ideas onto paper to better teach students. The grant application is a four step process, asking for information regarding your school, an outline of your grant, as well as how you will measure the success, and of course, a budget. Simple steps to make big changes.

You don’t have to complete your application in one sitting, you can save it and return to it later. It always helps to have another set of eyes look over your grant before it’s submitted. Please make sure your principal is aware of your grant idea.

Statewide, cooperatives annually fund over $530,000 in grants. Thus far, the Bright Ideas Grant program has funded $10.9 million in grants and has touched the lives of over 2.1 million North Carolina students.

Now, it’s time to visit and get that great classroom idea out there for others and your students to see! Please remember, grants submitted to South River EMC must be done so 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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