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The Bright Ideas grant program, sponsored by Tri-County EMC, provides grants for teachers to improve education in local classrooms through 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, Twiggs and Wilkinson counties qualify.

Since 2008, Tri-County EMC has provided more than $180,000 in grants to local schools. Funds for the Bright Ideas grants come from unclaimed capital credits that otherwise would have been surrendered to the state. 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 year. Grants will be awarded based on merit and must be used within 18 months of the issue date. Applicants may be asked to provide a follow up report about the funded project.

All applications must be completed online at by midnight on Thursday, December 7 to be considered for funding. For questions about the program or application process, please contact Kim Broun at 478.986.8126 or

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