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Youth and Education: Bright Ideas
Bright Ideas, a grant program sponsored by the Flint Energies Foundation and Flint Energies, your Touchstone Energy Cooperative, awards teachers money for innovative lessons and projects to energize learning in their students. In 2012, a total of $10,000 was awarded using participating Flint members’ small change through Operation RoundUp. Since 2006, nearly $75,000 has been awarded to fund 88 projects reaching more than 2,800 students in Middle Georgia.
The Bright Ideas program distributes money as grants of up to $1,000 for teachers who teach grades K-12 at public or private schools located in the co-op’s 17-county service territory. The grants are not for professional development or Smart Board purchases.
The deadline for 2013 applications is September 6, 2013. For more information, please email or call Marian Douglas, Manager of Public Relations, at 1-800-342-3616, ext. 5600.
The 2012 Bright Ideas Grant Winners were announced in the fall. Congratulations to our winners!
- Andrea Seagraves, The Agricultural Alphabet for Farm Fridays, Crawford County Eagle’s Nest, Roberta, $1,000.00
- Jennifer Martin, American Sign Language: Give Us a Hand, Peach County High School, Fort Valley, $263.33
- Jimmie Fouts, First Robotics FRC Team Project, HOCO Career Academy, Warner Robins, $1,000.00
- Kevin Holt, Greater Good Garden, Thomson Middle School, Centerville, $760.00
- Justin Bennett, Plant Propagation in Action, Mossy Creek Middle School, Kathleen, $1,000.00
- Michael Medders, Sharing the Story, Marion County Middle/High School, Buena Vista, $996.00
- Jenny Gibbo, Super Scientists, Marion County Middle/High School, Buena Vista, $230.67
- Betty Barnes, Readers Theater, Eagle Springs Elementary School, Warner Robins, $1,000.00
- Brenda Sapp, To Infinity and Beyond, Taylor County Upper Elementary School, Butler, $1,000.00
- Lori Peed, Music Helps Minds Grow, Taylor County Primary School, Butler, $1,000.00
- Linda Powell, Eliminating Pesky Pests of Peaches with Physics, Peach County High School, Fort Valley, $1,000.00
- Jonathan Eubanks, From Autistic to Intrigued, Russell Elementary School, Warner Robins, $750.00
Heidi Goodin, a teacher at Schley County Elementary School in Ellaville, won the online application drawing by submitting her Bright Ideas application on Flint’s website. She received a $250 Staples gift certificate to purchase supplies for her classroom.
Ryan Talton, a teacher at Northside High School in Warner Robins, won a digital camera for his classroom in the early bird drawing.
Click here for photos of a few of this year's Bright Ideas Prize Winners.
- Who is eligible?
Any teacher who teaches grades K-12 at any public or private school located in Flint Energies service territory is eligible to apply for a Bright Ideas grant.
- Can multiple teachers from the same school apply?
Yes, a school may submit more than one application.
- Can a teacher apply for multiple grants?
No, teachers may only be an applicant of one project per school year.
- What is the maximum grant amount?
The maximum grant amount is $1,000. Some grant requests may be partially funded.
- What qualities is Flint looking for in the grant applications?
Innovative, creative learning experiences for students (40 percent)
Benefits and directly involves students (15 percent)
Clearly defined plan of implementation (30 percent)
Involves teamwork (5 percent)
Provides an adequate budget summary (5 percent)
- When will I know if I have been awarded a grant?
Grant winners will be notified when the Bright Ideas Prize Patrol makes its round in October.
- Who judges the applications?
A panel of judges review applications and rank them based on innovative teaching methods that benefit students. Because the evaluation process is competitive, partial funding may be awarded to allow more applications to benefit from the grant process.
- Does Flint Energies accept applications from private schools?
Yes, the Flint Energies Bright Ideas program accepts applications from private schools.