Bright Ideas Grants

Application process is closed & will reopen in September 2024.

The Bright Ideas Grant Program supports innovative and effective classroom education curriculum that cannot be covered by traditional school financing. Individual teachers can apply for grants from $250 to $750, while teams of teachers are eligible for grants up to $1,500.

Since it’s inception in 1998, more than $352,000 in grants have been awarded, impacting over 124,000 students throughout our service territory.

Teachers in public and private schools, K-12 and home school associations in CAEC’s service area are eligible to participate. Grants are awarded for projects in any discipline and are intended to help teachers within CAEC’s service area produce a better-educated workforce. The grants are designed to help teachers introduce innovative teaching methods.

Grants applications are available each September and are awarded in January after a competitive evaluation process.

For more information, call (334) 351-2115 or e-mail

The 2024 recipients are:

Autauga County: Kathy Hall and Ashtin Boswell of Daniel Pratt Elementary School; Dana O’Brian of Marbury Middle School; Dana Hassell, Kristal Martin and Amy Milam of Pine Level Elementary; Michael Ann Amison and Traci McGee of Prattville High School; and Debbie Langham of Prattville Primary School.

Chilton County: Hollie Colburn of Chilton County High School; Julie Harrison of Clanton Elementary School; Haley Lively of Clanton Intermediate School; JoAnna Jones, Regina Smitherman, Amanda Sosa, Thomas McCall, Josh Holt and Chris Turner of Isabella High School; Patricia Turner and Justin Brock of Maplesville High School; and Jo Ann Summers of Verbena High School.

Coosa County: Jacques Mitchell and Mary White of Central High School.

Elmore County: Kimberly Kirkland of Coosada Elementary; Amy Colquitt, Lori Higgins, Michael Miller, Perry Caton and Denise Young of Elmore County Technical Center; Liz Johnson of Holtville Middle School; Allison Gardino, Rhiannon Allison and Lindsey Duncan of Prattville Christian Academy; and Shannon Hughes and Kristy Shaw of Wetumpka Elementary School.

Talladega County: Bonnie Branyon, Lindsey Foster and Kellie Tinnell of Childersburg Elementary School; Mary Ella Pearson and Deborah Gover of CL Salter Elementary; and Emily Clifton and Kelli Howard of Munford Elementary.