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French Broad began sponsoring the Bright Ideas grant program with the 1999-2000 school year. FBEMC is one of 26 North Carolina electric cooperatives which fund the Bright Ideas Education Grant Program each year. Teachers in public schools located in and near the cooperative's service territory can learn about the program and apply online at Grants up to $1,500 are available. Grant applications for the 2020-2021 school year will be accepted April 1 - September 11th. All teachers who submit their applications by the early bird deadline of August 15th will be entered into a drawing for a Visa gift card.

Co-sponsored by the N.C. Association of Electric Cooperatives, the grants are available to teachers in area schools for projects that traditional school money does not cover. Since 1994, FBEMC and North Carolina's electric cooperatives have worked to enhance education by engaging students in meaningful learning projects that encourage creative approaches. In the past two decades, North Carolina's electric cooperatives have contributed more than $10.2 million to teachers for 9,800 projects benefiting more than 2 million students.

Sam Hutchins with French Broad EMC will personally contact the principals of each of the co-op's eligible schools at the beginning of the each school year with complete information. To learn more about the Bright Ideas program please use the the links below or send an e-mail to

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