Bright Ideas Grants

Click here for the Bright Ideas 2021/22 Application

Application deadline is Dec. 10, 2021

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 are awarded annually in a competitive evaluation process and awarded in January.

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

2020-2021 Grant Recipients are:

Autauga County: April Baker, Autauga County Preschool Special Education; Kelly Bass and Shelley Sims, Pine Level Elementary School; Ashely Brock and Gregory Hilyer, Billingsley School; Jessica Fuller, Prattville Intermediate School; Debbie Langham, Prattville Primary School; Mandi Suggs, Daniel Pratt Elementary School; and Natalie Warren, Prattville High School.

Chilton County: Christa Garner, Heather Ramer and Sarah Robinson, Jemison Intermediate School; Macey Gentry, Jemison Elementary School; Angela Tignor, Clanton Intermediate; Allyson Welborn and CarolLynn Adams, Clanton Middle School; Stacie Wells and Anna Adams, Clanton Elementary School; Shannon Wyatt and Ginny Pike, Verbena Annex; and Brittany Yeargan, Maplesville High School.

Elmore County: Taryn Brodie, Wetumpka Elementary School; Amy Harrell and Candice Rowe, Eclectic Middle School; Stephanie Harrison, Holtville High School; Lana Herbert and Jennifer Taylor, Eclectic Middle School; Lori Higgins and Amy Colquitt, Elmore County Technical Center;  Heather Perdue, Lauren Holena and Christina Sanders, Coosada Elementary School; Julie Powell, Elmore County High School; Flavia Payson-Freeney and Kayla Harbin, Millbrook Middle School; and Melinda Tyler, Wetumpka Elementary School.