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5/11/2020 4:16:00 PM
REMC Is Now Accepting Bright Ideas Education Grant Applications
Educators can apply for grants up to $1,000 to fund innovative projects

Rutherford EMC
Press Release

FOREST CITY, N.C. – For more than 25 years, Rutherford EMC has partnered with local educators to bring learning to life through the Bright Ideas education grant program. Educators can now apply for Bright Ideas grants of up to $1,000 for innovative, hands-on classroom projects that would not otherwise be funded. Educators can learn more at and apply on line at

Rutherford EMC expects to award over $15,000 in Bright Ideas grants to very innovative and deserving educators this year. The grants are available to qualifying K-12 school teachers for projects in any subject, and educators can apply individually or as a team.

Applications will be accepted online only through Sept. 15, 2020. Teachers who submit their applications by the early bird deadline of Aug. 15 will also be entered to win one of five $100 Visa gift cards to be awarded statewide.

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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

“Teachers have amazing, creative ideas for teaching children but often do not have the resources to make those ideas come to life”, said Dirk Burleson, general manager of Rutherford EMC. “The enthusiasm and dedication of educators never ceases to amaze us, and we are proud to support their efforts”. During the 2019-20 school year Rutherford EMC awarded over $16,450 in Bright Ideas Education Grants to 19 very deserving local educators. This could be your year, so get your Bright Ideas application started on line today!

Rutherford EMC, headquartered in Forest City, N.C., is a rural electric cooperative that maintains over 7,350 miles of power lines to provide electricity to over 70,400 member-consumers in a 10 county service area of the southwestern Piedmont. North Carolina’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives serve over 2.5 million people in 93 of the state’s 100 counties.

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