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 2023 recipients are:

Autauga County: Ally Moscona of Autauga Academy; Gylendora Davis and Kayla Atchison of Billingsley School; Dana O’Brian of Marbury Middle School; Natalie Warren and Steve Weedon of Prattville High School; Jennifer Griffiths of Prattville Kindergarten; and Debbie Langham of Prattville Primary School.

Bibb County: Wendy Argo from Cahawba Christian Academy

Chilton County: Bridgette Sullivan and Katie Hayes of Chilton Christian Academy; Angela Tignor of Chilton County High School; Aimee Dobbs, Anna Blackmon, Libby Coburn, Sonya Henley, Paige Johnson, Brenda Moates, Whitney Morgan, Traci Pitts, Hannah Thrash and Tanya Wilson of Clanton Intermediate; Macey Gentry, Chrissie Bashaw, Betsy Porter, Tiffany Shannon and Lisa Short of Jemison Elementary School; and Ronnie Holsombeck of Jemison High School.

Coosa County: Elizabeth Milhan, Kristie Wallace and Kristin Sanders from Coosa County Homeschool Co-op at Poplar Point Camp

Elmore County: Mary Ann Drost of Eclectic Elementary; Joanne Wells of Eclectic Middle School; Julie Powell of Elmore County High School; Michael Miller and Allen Meadows of Elmore County Technical Center; Carrie Courreges and Teresa Lawrence of Holtville Elementary School; Stephanie Harrison and Kelli Watkins of Holtville High School; Carrie Alvarenga and Emily Smith of Millbrook Middle School; Angela Bryant, Lisa Hardman and Cindy Peavy of Prattville Christian Academy; Shannon Hughes, Kelley Fuller and Kristy Shaw of Wetumpka Elementary; and Kristy Milam and Virginia Vilardi of Wetumpka High School.

Talladega County: Mary Ella Pearson, Marteika Chatman, Amy Crow, Misty Gallman, Veronica Jacobs and Megan Johnson from Salter Elementary