Bright Ideas Education Grants

by Nov 12, 2020Nonprofits, South Brunswick

Brunswick Electric Membership Corporations awards more than $32,000 to local teachers through its grant program.

Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation (BEMC) awarded $32,110 in Bright Ideas education grants to 29 local teachers to fund engaging projects for their students. More than 7,000 students at schools in
Brunswick and Columbus counties will benefit from these grants.

Typically, these grants bring creative projects to life inside classrooms. However, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, BEMC has been flexible with the types of projects awarded to ensure that all students are able to benefit, whether they are in the classroom or learning remotely. Grants are awarded for projects in all subject areas, including music, art, history, reading, science and math.

“Teachers have been going above and beyond to help our children in these challenging times, and their ability to solve distance learning issues while finding ways to engage their students is impressive,” says Josh Winslow, BEMC CEO. “It’s a privilege to help them turn ideas into reality and keep the school year on track.”

BEMC has contributed more than $680,000 to local teachers since the Bright Ideas grant program began in 1994 and is one of 26 electric cooperatives in North Carolina offering Bright Ideas grants. North
Carolina’s electric cooperatives collectively have awarded more than $12.9 million in Bright Ideas funding since the program’s inception, making nearly 12,359 projects possible and benefitting more than 2.5 million students.

Bright Ideas grant applications are accepted by BEMC each year from April through mid-September, and winning proposals are selected in a competitive evaluation process by a panel of judges. The application process will reopen for interested teachers in April 2021.

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The Bright Ideas grant program is part of BEMC’s ongoing commitment to building a brighter future through community support of education. Follow BEMC on Facebook and Twitter at @Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation to see how programs, such as Bright Ideas, are impacting local students and communities. To learn more about Bright Ideas grants, visit and follow @NCBrightIdeas on Facebook and Twitter.