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Bright Ideas

The Bright Ideas grant program, sponsored by Tri-County Electric Membership Corporation, provides grants for teachers for classroom innovative projects in grades Pre-K through 12 that would not otherwise be funded. Georgia certified public or private school teachers in grades Pre-K through 12 in Baldwin, Jones, Putnam, Jasper, Twiggs and Wilkinson counties qualify.

The grants are open to all subjects.                              

Projects will be judged based on innovation, goals, learning objectives, student involvement and budget.

Individual projects can be funded up to $1,500. Teachers are limited to one grant proposal per round of funding. Grants will be awarded annually based on merit and must be used within 18 months of issue date. Applicant must provide a follow-up report about the funded project. Applications must be completed and submitted by October 15, 2023 to be considered for funding. 

Funds come from unclaimed capital credits that otherwise would have been surrendered to the state.  

To learn more, contact Anna Smith at 478.986.8126 or  

Download Bright Ideas Flyer
Download Bright Ideas Judges' Scoring Criteria
Complete a Bright Ideas Grant Application Deadline October 15, 2023

2022 Recipients
2022 Video

Effective July 2021:
Due to the Gratuities Clause of the Georgia Constitution, if a teacher accepts a new teaching position outside of the school district in which a Bright Ideas Grant was received, the materials purchased with grant funds should stay within the school district in which the grant funds  were originally awarded.


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