Bright Ideas Grants

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

2021-2022 Grant Recipients are:

Autauga County: Dawn Wendland and Sheila Williamson of Autauga Academy; Abby Loudermilk, Logan Strock and Tammy Tindol of Billingsley School; Carolyn Carpenter of Marbury High School; Chelsea McCullers of Pine Level Elementary School; Stephanie Rowell of Pine Level Elementary School; Samantha Cosgrove and Natalie Warren of Prattville High School; and Debbie Langham of Prattville Primary School.

Chilton County: Angela Tignor of Chilton County High School; Aimee Dobbs and Haley Lively of Clanton Intermediate School; Lacee Wallace of Maplesville High School; and Nicole Bolton of Thorsby High School.

Coosa County: Amanda Fincher of The Way, The Truth, and The Life Christian School; and Wanda Young of Central High School.

Elmore County: Natalie McLemore and Jennifer Mulder of Holtville Elementary School; Stephanie Harrison and Lana Pratt of Holtville High School; and Taryn Brodie, Heather Davies and Melinda Tyler of Wetumpka Elementary School.

Talladega County: Mary Ella Pearson of Childersburg High School.