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Bright Ideas Teacher Grants

Bright Ideas Teacher Grants Program encourages innovative, energy-related learning projects that go beyond available school funding. Teachers, K-12, from schools within Armstrong, Butler, Clarion, Forest and Venango counties are eligible. Schools do not need to receive electric service from CEC. Home school teachers are also welcome. The maximum teacher grant will be $1,000 per award period and given to the school (individually awarded to home school teachers). 

Topics must be energy related. They must directly involve students with goals clearly defined and measurable. Some typical topics may include renewable energy; energy generation; energy use, efficiency, conservation, safety; and what is an electric cooperative.

Applications will be judged on innovation and creativity. Bright Ideas Teacher Grants illustrate one more way CEC supports our local area with the Cooperative Difference.


Grant Guidelines

-    Topics must be energy related (i.e., what is a cooperative? energy production, electrical safety, energy efficiency/conservation, energy use, renewables, etc.).
-    Grants must directly involve students.
-    Goals must be defined and teaching methods should be measureable.
-    Applicant grants Central Electric Cooperative (CEC) the right to use their name, photo and information about grant in publicity.
-    Maximum amount of grant is $1,000. Projects may be partially funded.
-    Teachers and schools do not need to receive electric service from CEC.
-    Principal must approve project.
-    Click here to submit your application online. Click here for the printable version


Selection Criteria

-    Uses innovative, creative learning experiences for students (40 percent).
-    Clearly defined goals, learning objectives and plan of implementation (30 percent).
-    Benefits and directly involves students (15 percent).
-    Involves teamwork (10 percent).
-    Provides an adequate budget summary (5 percent).


Award Period

-    Grants (up to a maximum of $1,000 each) will be awarded. Each successful recipient should submit a follow up report after program implementation that details (photos and a brief project summary) program success.
-    Successful grant recipients must sign a release form verifying that funds will be spent solely to fund the project within award period.


Contact Information

Janet Guthrie, Manager of Member Services
Central Electric Cooperative
P. O. Box 329
Parker, PA 16049
800-521-0570 x2131


If you would like to submit your application online please click here. If you would like to print and mail your application please click here


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