Perloff Family Fund offers grants to public schools

ELLSWORTH and PORTLAND, Maine — The Perloff Family Fund of the Maine Community Foundation will accept applications for four grant programs that benefit public schools in Maine.

One-year Fast Track Grants of up to $3,000 are available for pre-K through 12th grade. Applications for the 2018-2019 school year are available April 1 and close June 30.

STEM4ME grants of up to $5,000 focus on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). These grants enable students to create real-world solutions to problems in areas such as renewable energy, ecology, automation, space science, and sustainable food production.  

Robotics grants support pre-K through 12th-grade programs that are integrated into the curriculum. These grants encourage all students at a particular grade level to participate, including those who fall into special needs categories. Sufficient numbers of laptops should be available for all students to engage in programming.

The Perloff Family Fund also provides special funding on a rolling basis to smaller, rural schools for programs such as Children’s Stage Adventures.

More information and applications are available from the Perloff Family Foundation or by emailing Helen McCain, donor services associate,

Headquartered in Ellsworth, with additional offices in Portland, Dover-Foxcroft, and Mars Hill, the Maine Community Foundation works with donors and other partners to improve the quality of life for all Maine people. To learn more about the foundation, visit

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