Bright Ideas

About Bright Ideas

Bright Ideas are grants of up to $1,000 awarded to public school educators teaching grades pre-K through 12 for classroom-based projects in a variety of subjects that are innovative and creative.

Teacher applicants must complete an online application during the annual grant cycle that opens in August and closes in October. Individual teachers may submit one application per school year. The Foundation Board of Trustees blindly review the applications and select each year’s winners.

Bright Ideas grants are funded through the donations of Carroll EMC Members who participate in the Operation Round Up® program. Since 2007, local teachers have received grants totaling nearly $761,000 to enhance the learning of students in Carroll EMC’s seven-county service area.

For more information, contact Taylor Key at 770-830-5736 or

Application Information

Online applications are now closed. 

Top Tips for Applications:

1. Do not include anything that identifies you or your school in the application. Grants are blindly graded and judged by the Foundation Trustees.

2. Do not wait until the last minute to apply. Take your time gathering all of the required information. The more details provided, the better!

3. Ask questions! The only wrong question is the one not asked. Reach out to Taylor Key at; Ryan Sammon at; or Rolando Benitez at if you have any questions or concerns of any kind.

Funds MUST be used for the project applied for.


Eligible Schools

Bremen City Schools
  • Bremen 4th & 5th Grade Academy
  • Bremen High School
  • Bremen Middle School
  • Jones Elementary School
Carroll County Schools
  • Bay Springs Middle School
  • Bowdon Elementary School
  • Bowdon High School
  • Bowdon Middle School
  • Central Elementary School
  • Central High School
  • Central Middle School
  • College & Career Academy
  • Glanton-Hindsman Elementary
  • Ithica Elementary
  • Mount Zion Elementary School
  • Mt. Zion High School
  • Mt. Zion Middle School
  • Providence Elementary School
  • Roopville Elementary School
  • Sand Hill Elementary School
  • Sharp Creek Elementary School
  • Temple Elementary School
  • Temple High School
  • Temple Middle School
  • Villa Rica Elementary School
  • Villa Rica High School
  • Villa Rica Middle
  • Whitesburg Elementary School
Carrollton City Schools
  • Carrollton Elementary School
  • Carrollton High School
  • Carrollton Jr. High School
  • Carrollton Middle-Upper Elementary School
Haralson County Schools
  • Buchanan Elementary School
  • Buchanan Primary School
  • Haralson County High School
  • Haralson County Middle School
  • Haralson County Rebel Academy
  • Tallapoosa Primary School
  • West Haralson Elementary School
Heard County Schools
  • Centralhatchee Elementary School
  • Ephesus Elementary School
  • Heard County High School
  • Heard County Middle School
  • Heard Elementary School
Paulding County Schools
  • Carl Scoggins Sr. Middle School
  • Herschel Jones Middle School
  • J.A. Dobbins Middle School
  • New Georgia Elementary School
  • Paulding County High School
  • Poole Elementary School
  • Sara M. Ragsdale Elementary School
  • South Paulding High School
  • Union Elementary School
Polk County Schools
  • Cedartown High School
  • Cedartown Middle School
  • Eastside Elementary School
  • Rockmart High School
  • Rockmart Middle School
  • Van Wert Elementary School
  • Youngs Grove Elementary School
  • Polk County College & Career Academy
Troup County Schools
  • Callaway High School
  • Gardner Newman Middle School
  • Hillcrest Elementary School
  • Hollis Hand Elementary School
  • LaGrange High School
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