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This Is The Month You’ve Been Waiting For, We Know It

Can you believe it’s already September? That means that your opportunity to submit your Bright Ideas grant applications will be coming to a close for the 2018-2019 school year.

The Bright Ideas grant program offers grants to teachers for innovative, classroom-based projects and ideas. Applications fly in during the month of September as educators see what their needs are, be it books, technology, manipulatives, items to keep students engaged.

Each year, South River EMC awards at least $50,000 for classroom projects and materials. Teachers applying must be from a certified K-12 public school, and 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.

The final deadline for applications is September 19 and the application doesn’t have to be completed in one sitting. You can start, save, and return to finish it, especially helpful if you need to think through an idea.

Before submitting, make sure to have someone proofread your grant, it 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.

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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