Bright Ideas Application Process

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Application Deadline

The application deadline is 5:00 p.m. on Friday, June 2.  All applications must be received by Jackson EMC no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, June 2, 2017.

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Purpose

Bright Ideas recognizes and rewards innovative and creative classroom projects developed by teachers that are not funded through general education funds. 

Eligibility:

  • Applicant must be a state-certified educator in a public middle school in Jackson EMC’s service area.*
    *Check the list of eligible schools below before applying.
  • Project must benefit students in grades 6-8.
  • Teacher may only apply for one project per school year.
  • Grants are open to all subjects.
  • Instructions must be followed completely or application will be disqualified. 

Selection Criteria for projects:

  • Provides innovative and creative learning experiences for students.
  • Increase interest and elevate the level of learning, teaching and the overall educational experiences.
  • Provides defined goals and learning objectives.
  • Provides project funds otherwise unavailable.
  • Impacts a greater number of students for the longest period of time.
  • Provides ongoing uses in the classroom for students.
  • Supports the continuous improvement of education in Georgia.
  • Grants are for innovative classroom projects only.  Grant requests will NOT be considered for the following: professional development, field trips, student fees, salaries, incentives, furniture, Smart Boards, PCs /laptops, printers, software or hand-held electronic tablet-like devices.** If you have a questions, email Karen Ewing, kewing@jacksonemc.com.

Hints from the judges panel:

Make sure the stated project objectives match the proposed project summary.

Make sure your writing is grammatically correct, thoughtful and serious; your writing should relate to proposed ideas and topical areas.

Make sure your proposal narrative effectively addresses the major topical areas: summary, innovation, implementation and objectives.

If grant is awarded:

  • Grant funds must be used within the academic school year awarded.
  • Grant recipient must provide a written grant report detailing the outcome of the grant.
  • Grant recipient agrees that Jackson EMC has the right to use names, photos, project details and information about awarded grant in publicity.
  • Grant recipients will be notified, and checks will be delivered to middle schools during the month of October.

Application Instructions:

  • All applications must be completed and received online, using the automated form. No hand written applications will be accepted.
  • Do not include any identifying information, including your name(s), the name of your county, school or mascot on Parts 2, 3 and 4. These sections are sent to an independent judges' panel comprised of university level educators.
  • Word limits and guidelines must be followed.  Do not send supplementary materials.
  • Each teacher may apply for one grant per school year, and applications must be approved by the school principal.
  • Grants will be awarded to state-certified middle school teachers instructing students in grades 6 -8 in a public middle school in Jackson EMC’s service area.
  • Applicant(s) agree Jackson EMC has the right to use names, photos, project and information about grant in publicity.  
  • All applications must be submitted online by Friday, June 2.   
  • Failure to follow all application guidelines will result in disqualification. Judges' decisions are final.
  • If you have any issues with the online application, please contact Karen Ewing at kewing@jacksonemc.com.

Eligible schools*

Please check this list to make sure your school is eligible before applying.

Bear Creek Middle School Haymon-Morris Middle School Radloff Middle School
Berkmar Middle School Hull Middle School Richards Middle School
Burney-Harris-Lyons Middle School Jefferson Middle School Russell Middle School
C.W. Davis Middle School Jones Middle School South Hall Middle School
Chestatee Academy Jordan Middle School Summerour Middle School
Coleman Middle School Lilburn Middle School Sweetwater Middle School
Commerce Middle School Lumpkin County Middle School Twin Rivers Middle School
Creekland Middle School Madison County Middle School W. R. Coile Middle School
Dacula Middle School McConnell Middle School West Hall Middle School
The Da Vinci Academy at South Hall Moore Middle School West Jackson Middle School
Duluth Middle School North Hall Middle School Westside Middle School
East Hall Middle School Northbrook Middle School Wood's Mill Academy
East Jackson Middle School Osborne Middle School World Language Academy

Questions?

Contact Karen Ewing at kewing@jacksonemc.com.

 

  • *Jackson EMC is a not-for-profit, consumer-owned power cooperative providing electricity and related services to more than 216,000 members in Banks, Barrow, Clarke, Franklin, Gwinnett, Hall, Jackson, Lumpkin, Madison and Oglethorpe counties.
  • **If electronic devices and/or equipment are a part of and/or a component(s) of an innovative/unique project, they may be considered at Jackson EMC’s discretion.