REMC seeks grant applicants from teachers

ASHEBORO — Local educators can apply for a Bright Ideas grant from Randolph Electric Membership Corp. through Sept. 15.

The grants, offered annually to teachers to bring creative classroom learning projects to life, support innovative projects that energize classroom learning and enhance student success. Educators can apply online at

“We are pleased to continue our long history of supporting teachers and students with grants that fulfill needs in local classrooms,” said Nicole Arnold, communications and public affairs manager at Randolph EMC. “As a community-focused organization, we are committed to building a brighter future for our students and our region, and we encourage all educators with ‘bright ideas’ to submit an application.”

Randolph EMC expects to award $14,000 in Bright Ideas grants this year to K-12 teachers across its service area in Randolph, Moore, Montgomery, Chatham, and Alamance counties. Grants of up to $2,000 are available in all subject areas. Teachers can apply individually or as a team.

Grants are available in all curriculum areas including art, science, history and mathematics. In 2021, Randolph EMC awarded twelve grants to local teachers. During the past 28 years, Randolph EMC has issued more than $300,000 for innovative projects that have benefited students in our five-county area.

Teachers who submit their application by the early bird deadline of Aug. 15 will be entered to win one of five $100 Visa gift cards.

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

Supported by all 26 electric cooperatives in North Carolina, Bright Ideas grants have contributed $14.3 million to North Carolina classrooms, funding a total of 13,536 projects that have benefited well more than 2.8 million students statewide since 1994.

By Randolph Record