Bright Ideas Application Process

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Note: Considering the possibility of a return to digital learning at some point during the academic year, please indicate whether your proposed project can transition or adapt to a digital learning environment. If so, make sure to explain how the project will enhance your student’s learning in a digital setting. All applications will be considered, whether or not projects can move to a digital learning environment. If you have any questions regarding your proposed project, please contact Karen Ewing.


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, or PCs /laptops. Grant requests for printers, software or hand-held electronic tablet-like devices must be program-related.** If you have any questions, email Karen Ewing,

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 should 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 in late October and early November.

Application Instructions:

  • 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. A member of our team will contact you if clarification is needed.
  • 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.
  • Applicants agree Jackson EMC has the right to use names, photos, project and information about grant in publicity.  
  • All applications must be submitted online by midnight on September 11, 2020.
  • Failure to follow all application guidelines will result in disqualification. Judges' decisions are final.
  • If you have any issues with the online application or questions about your project idea, please contact Karen Ewing at

Eligible schools*

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

Barrow Arts & Sciences Academy East Jackson Middle School Radloff Middle School
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 Westside Middle School
Creekland Middle School Moore Middle School Wood's Mill Academy
Dacula Middle School North Gwinnett Middle School World Language Academy
The Da Vinci Academy at South Hall North Hall Middle School  
Duluth Middle School Northbrook Middle School  
East Hall Middle School Osborne Middle School  


Contact Karen Ewing at

  • *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.