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Note to Current Grant Recipients


2013/14 Grant Completion
Forms are due
 May 30, 2014.


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Fast Track Grants

Each year, Fast Track Grants are offered on a competitive basis to a limited number of Maine School Districts, with grant amounts typically ranging up to $3000. Fast Track Grants are intended to encourage teachers to be educational innovators, committed to planning, risk taking and results.

Grant Recipients for 2013/2014
  • Cape Cod Hill School (New Sharon, ME) - Science Alive
  • Cushing Community School (Cushing, Maine) - Take a Closer Look
  • Deer Island Community School (Deer Island, Maine) - Children's Stage Adventures
  • Drinkwater School (Northport, ME) - Turning the Tide: Salmon Restoration
  • Easton ES (Easton, ME) - Archery Program
  • Easton Jr/Sr HS (Easton, ME) - Interactive Learning Tools for Special Needs Students
  • Enfield Station School (West Enfield, ME) - STEM Classroom
  • Governor Fairfield School (Saco, ME) - Oaxacan Animal Sculptures and Visiting Artists
  • Houlton ES (Houlton, ME) - Composting Continues
  • Houlton Jr/Sr High School (Houlton, ME) - The Earth Project: Exploring Living Communities Through Technology and Engineering
  • Kennebunk HS (Kennebunk, ME) - Robotics Class Using NXT and Tetrix
  • Madawaska HS (Madawaska, ME) - Fitness Equipment
  • New Sweden School (New Sweden, ME) - Classroom Robotics
  • Southside School (Houlton, Maine) - Classroom Robotics
  • Lura Libby School (Thomaston, ME) - Math Matters
  • Oceanside West HS (Thomaston, ME) - Creative Writing Workshop
  • South School (Rockland, ME) - Young Authors Program
  • Southside School (Houlton, ME) - Experiential Journeys through History
  • St. George School (Tenants Harbor, ME) - Books in French Written and Illustrated by Children
  • RSU 13 (3 schools) - Ukuleles for Kids
  • Saco MS (Saco, ME) - Greenhouse Science Program
  • Searsport ES (Searsport, ME) - Classroom Robotics
  • UMaine Extension (Cumberland County, ME) - Sunflower 4-H
    Robotics Club
  • UMaine Extension (Hancock County, ME) - Mega Builders 4-H
    Engineering Club
  • Woodland Consolidated School (Woodland, ME) - Classroom Robotics
  • Young School (Saco, ME) - African Masks, Drumming and Dancing; Oaxacan Animal Sculptures and Visiting Artists

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Lego Robotics

Over the past seven years, the Perloff Family Foundation, in conjunction with the Maine Community Foundation, has developed an additional funding track specifically aimed at enhancing education in the area of science and mathematics. Focusing on smaller, rural schools as well as Day Treatment programs, kits are supplied that contain everything needed to build, operate and program a functional robotic vehicle. To date 60 robotics programs have been funded, with over half of them located in Washington County and nearby Charlotte County, New Brunswick, Canada.

In 2007, Dave and Sandy Perloff, working in conjunction with the University of Maine Extension office in Machias, helped to launch the annual Washington County Robotics Expo, which brings together students, teachers, and the community to share their experiences in building, operating and programming functional robots.
Bangor Daily News Article
Robotics Video Clips

The Maine Community Foundation

The Maine Community Foundation plays an essential role in our grant making, including recommendations of the eligible school districts, coordination with school administrators, and support to teachers throughout the application process. A statewide organization with offices in Ellsworth and Portland, the foundation partners with donors and community groups to strengthen Maine communities through grants and scholarships. It also offers grant-making expertise to individuals who only spend part of the year in Maine, but who wish to give back to their favorite home away from home.

School Visits

As donors, we believe that it is essential for us to personally engage with each of the schools, teachers and students to provide encouragement and support, once the funded projects are underway.

To this end, we visit each program twice: once in January or February, and again in April or May. This allows us to assess first hand the benefits derived from our grant making, and to shape our thinking in future years.

We are always interested in feedback on this program, and invite you to contact us by email with your suggestions or experiences.

- Dave and Sandy Perloff


Funding provided
 by the
Perloff Foundation


In partnership
 with the
Maine Community Foundation