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As a cooperative, we at Tri-County EMC pride ourselves on our commitment to the community. Throughout the year, the cooperative awards scholarships and grants to organizations and individuals in our service area to strengthen the communities we serve. All of these awards are funded through unclaimed capital credits or Operation Roundup funds - none from the general budget. 

Since 2008, Tri-County EMC has provided nearly $280,000 in grants to local schools through the Bright Ideas Grant Program. This program awards teachers with funds to execute innovative classroom projects that otherwise may not be funded. The grants are open to all subjects and all grades Pre-K-12. Projects are 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 funding period. 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 September 15 to be considered for funding. (46628001) 

For questions about the program or application process, please contact Kim Broun at 478.986.8126 or

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