Blue Ridge Energy / Teacher Grant Program

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Blue Ridge Energy Supports Education Through Bright Ideas
Teacher Grant Program

Blue Ridge Energy and North Carolina’s
electric cooperatives are giving local teachers the opportunity to win grants for
innovative classroom learning projects under the Bright Ideas program.
Up to $17,000 may be awarded to teachers across the Blue Ridge Energy service area
for the 2021-2022 school year. Winning grants will help educators implement
creative, hands-on classroom academic projects for students that would not otherwise
be funded by local school budgets. Grants of up to $1,500 are available, and
teachers may apply anytime through September 15.
“Bright Ideas puts new resources in the hands of teachers with creative strategies
to engage students,” said Grey Scheer, director of community relations at Blue
Ridge Energy. “We’re proud to continue Blue Ridge Energy’s 27-year tradition
of supporting educators and investing in the future of our local communities.”
Blue Ridge Energy is accepting Bright Ideas grant applications from educators, and
August is a great time to apply: All teachers who apply by the early bird deadline
of Aug. 15 will be entered to win one of five $100 gift cards! The final deadline to
apply is September 15. Teachers can learn more about the program and apply online at
www.ncbrightideas.com<http://www.ncbrightideas.com>. All Bright Ideas applications
must include a description of the project’s goals, implementation, creative
elements, and budget. Applications will be judged in a competitive evaluation
process, and judges will be on the lookout for projects that feature innovation and
creativity. Teachers can apply individually or as a team.
Last year, Blue Ridge Energy funded 28 grants totaling over $25,000. Since 1994,
Blue Ridge Energy has awarded more than $544,000 and provided direct funding
assistance that has had an impact on over 100,000 students. Blue Ridge Energy is
part of several North Carolina electric cooperatives providing Bright Ideas grants.
Together, they have provided more than $12.9 million for classroom projects
impacting over 2.5 million students in North Carolina.
The Bright Ideas Education Grant program is part of Blue Ridge Energy’s ongoing
commitment to local communities. In addition to Bright Ideas, Blue Ridge Energy also
awards college scholarships for high school seniors, leadership opportunities for
highs school students and grants for teachers to further their educational training
in order to become better educators.
The cooperative, which rebranded in 2016 under the market name of Blue Ridge Energy
along with its propane and fuels subsidiary, serves some 78,000 members in Caldwell,
Watauga, Ashe, and Alleghany counties as well as parts of Avery, Alexander and
Wilkes counties. Learn more at
www.BlueRidgeEnergy.com<http://www.BlueRidgeEnergy.com> and on the cooperative’s
social media:
www.facebook.com/blueridgeenergy<http://www.facebook.com/blueridgeenergy>; 
www.twitter.com/blueridgeemc<http://www.twitter.com/blueridgeemc> and
www.instagram.com/blueridgeenergy/<http://www.instagram.com/blueridgeenergy/>