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CHEC Celebrates 20 Years of Bright Ideas

Electric cooperatives across the state are celebrating a big milestone in 2014: our Bright Ideas education grant program, which provides funding to Tar Heel teachers for innovative learning projects, is turning 20 years old.

Since 1994, educators statewide have received more than $9.1 million in Bright Ideas grant funding, and well over 1.6 million N.C. students have participated in 8,800 Bright Ideas projects. Last year alone, CHEC awarded $3,000 for 3 projects supporting local teachers and students.

CHEC is now accepting applications for Bright Ideas education grants for the 2014-15 school year. Teachers in K-12 classrooms with creative ideas for hands-on learning projects are encouraged to apply for a grant up to $1,500.

Grant applications will be accepted April 1 through September 19. It could pay to apply early: all teachers who submit their applications by the early bird deadline of Aug. 15 will be entered into a drawing for a $500 gift card.

Teachers can apply individually or as a team, and grants are available for all subjects. To apply, or for more information about the Bright Ideas grant program, visit

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