The objective of our grant making is to provide a source of funding that enables teachers to be educational innovators who are committed to planning, risk taking and achieving timely results.
Fast Track Grants are one-year grants that can be up to $3000, with the funding expected to be fully used by the end of the academic year. All areas of PreK through 12th grade are eligible for funding, although travel and teacher stipends are not covered by our grants. The Application Window for the 2020/21 school year opens 4/1/20 and, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, closes 9/15/20. Note that it is to the advantage of applicants to submit their grant application early in the cycle.
STEM4ME Grants are funded on a rolling basis with amounts up to $3000. Grants may run as long as 2 years depending on their scope and complexity and are focused specifically in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The objective is for students to create real-world solutions to problems in areas such as renewable energy, ecology, automation, space science and sustainable food production, integrating wherever possible the arts and humanities.
Robotics Grants support programs for PreK through 12th grade that are integrated into the curriculum. It is generally expected that all students at a particular grade level will participate, including students that fall into Special Needs categories, and that there will be sufficient laptops available for all students to engage in programming.
From time to time we provide special funding for programs targeted at smaller, rural schools, such as Children's Stage Adventure, on a rolling basis throughout the school year.
In The News
Philanthropic couple provides seeds, Maine students grow
Noble High School senior Mike Lavigne shows Sandy and Dave Perloff some guitars in different stages of completion. The Perloffs provided grants to fund the class at the North Berwick school and hundreds of other Maine projects, and make it a point to revisit schools twice a year to check on the programs’ progress.
Portland Press Herald
Dec. 5, 2014
New robotics program using Legos is popular part of science curriculum at New Sweden school
Teacher Ernie Easter works with students to demonstrate how to program their robotics creations. The program was funded by a Fast Track grant.
Bangor Daily News
March 12, 2014
Our 21st Year of Educational Grant Making in Maine