Four County EMC Accepting 2021-22 Bright Ideas Education Grant Applications

Educators can apply for grants up to $2,000 to fund innovative projects


BURGAW, N.C. – For more than 25 years, Four County EMC has partnered with local educators to bring learning to life through the Bright Ideas education grant program. Starting April 1, educators can apply for Bright Ideas grants of up to $2,000 for innovative, hands-on classroom projects that would not otherwise be funded. Educators can apply online at

“Our teachers go above and beyond for their students and we are happy to support them,” said Jeremy Dewberry, Marketing and Economic Development Supervisor. “Year after year, it is wonderful to see how these grants make a difference.”

Four County expects to award over $19,400 in Bright Ideas grants this year to teachers in Pender, Duplin, Bladen and Sampson counties. The grants are available to K-12 teachers for projects in any subject, and educators can apply individually or as a team.

Applications will be accepted April 1 through September 15, 2021. Teachers who submit their applications by the early bird deadline of August 16 will be entered to win one of five $100 Visa gift cards.

To apply, teachers must include a budget; explain the implementation, goals, creative elements, and evaluation of the project; and have approval from their school’s principal. Applications will be judged through a competitive evaluation process, with judges looking for projects that feature inventive and creative approaches to learning. Grant-writing tips can be found at

Bright Ideas grants are available through each of North Carolina’s 26 electric cooperatives, including Four County EMC. In 2019, North Carolina’s electric cooperatives collectively set a record by awarding more than $716,000 in Bright Ideas funding for 660 projects – the most awarded in a single year in the history of the program. Since the program began in 1994, educators statewide have received more than $12.9 million in Bright Ideas grant funding, and approximately 2.5 million North Carolina students have participated in 12,359 Bright Ideas-funded projects.

Four County EMC serves approximately 32,500 members throughout Bladen, Duplin, Pender, Sampson, Columbus and Onslow counties. For more information about the electric cooperative, visit

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