The process to submit applications for the 2019-2020 school year is now closed. Please stay tuned for 2020-2021 applications.
Bright Ideas recognizes and rewards innovative and creative classroom projects developed by teachers that are not funded through general education funds.
- 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, email@example.com.
- Please reference the Bright Ideas Grant Proposal Rubric (pdf) as you prepare your application to ensure that you receive the highest possible score.
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.
- All applications must be completed and received online, using the automated application 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 5 p.m. on September 9, 2019.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please check this list to make sure your school is eligible before applying.
|Barrow - Center for Innovative Teaching||Gainesville Middle School||Richards Middle School|
|Banks County Middle School||Haymon-Morris Middle School||Russell Middle School|
|Bear Creek Middle School||Hull Middle School||South Hall Middle School|
|Berkmar Middle School||Jefferson Middle School||Summerour Middle School|
|Burney-Harris-Lyons Middle School||Jones Middle School||Sweetwater Middle School|
|C.W. Davis Middle School||Jordan Middle School||Twin Rivers Middle School|
|Cherokee Bluff Middle School||Lilburn Middle School||W. R. Coile Middle School|
|Chestatee Academy||Lumpkin County Middle School||West Hall Middle School|
|Coleman Middle School||Madison County Middle School||West Jackson Middle School|
|Commerce Middle School||McConnell Middle School||Wood's Mill Academy|
|Creekland Middle School||Moore Middle School||World Language Academy|
|Dacula Middle School||North Gwinnett Middle School|
|The Da Vinci Academy at South Hall||North Hall Middle School|
|Duluth Middle School||Northbrook Middle School|
|East Hall Middle School||Osborne Middle School|
|East Jackson Middle School||Radloff Middle School|
Contact Karen Ewing at email@example.com.
- *Jackson EMC is a not-for-profit, consumer-owned power cooperative providing electricity and related services to more than 225,000 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.