The Palmetto Electric Trust and Palmetto Electric Cooperative offers Bright Ideas, a grant program that provides funding for innovative classroom-based education projects. Since Palmetto Electric launched the program in 2004, area teachers in Hampton, Jasper and southern Beaufort counties have received over $550,000 in grants. The deadline for 2020 applications was September 10, 2020.
The Bright Ideas Prize Team celebrated the 15th anniversary of Bright Ideas by surprising local teachers in their classrooms November 4-7, 2019, with big checks and gift bags. This year, 55 grants totaling $48,810 was awarded to teachers for their innovative classroom projects.
The grants are intended to fund projects outside normal school funding. Teachers in grades K–12 from schools in our three-county service area can apply. A school may submit more than one application, but a teacher is limited to one application per school year.
Palmetto Electric Trust is supported by funds from Operation Round Up®, a program in which the Cooperative’s members round their electric bill up to the nearest whole dollar. The program is a true example of how small change…changes lives. Additional funding is provided by Palmetto Electric’s Million Dollar Hole-In-One Shootout and WIRE (Women Involved in Rural Electrification).
If you have any questions about the grant program or application procedures please contact your local Palmetto Electric office or e-mail us at Bright Ideas.