Pee Dee Electric offers teachers’ grants

Special to the Daily Journal

WADESBORO — Pee Dee Electric in conjunction with North Carolina’s electric cooperatives are accepting applications for Bright Ideas education grants to fund creative, classroom-based learning projects. The final deadline to apply is Sept. 30; however, teachers who submit their application by the ‘early bird’ deadline of Aug. 14 will be entered for a chance to win one of five $100 gift cards.

“We’re proud to support educators who give so much to their students,” said Anne Edwards, marketing representative at Pee Dee Electric. “With our Bright Ideas grants and early bird prizes, we’re excited to offer something in return. We encourage all interested teachers to submit an application by Friday, Aug. 14 for a chance to win an extra $100.”

Those winners will be notified, and recognized on the Bright Ideas website and Facebook page at and

Teachers can apply for Bright Ideas grants of up to $2,000, which is part of a total $600,000 in Bright Ideas funding that will be awarded to teachers statewide during the 2015-2016 school year. Classroom teachers at qualifying schools in Anson, Montgomery, Moore, Richmond, Scotland, Stanly and Union counties can apply for grants individually, or as a team. Last year, Pee Dee Electric awarded $13,578 to fund 12 projects at 10 area schools within their seven-county service territory. More information about the Bright Ideas education grant program, including application and grant-writing tips, can be found at

“At Pee Dee Electric, we believe that there’s no better way to support education and contribute to our local communities than by partnering with teachers to enhance learning opportunities for our future leaders,” Edwards said.

Since 1994, North Carolina’s electric cooperatives have awarded more than $9.6 million in Bright Ideas grants funding for more than 9,200 projects benefitting 1.8 million students. The Bright Ideas education grant program is an example of the electric cooperatives’ commitment to community. North Carolina’s electric cooperatives serve more than 2.5 million people in 93 of the state’s 100 counties.