ELLSWORTH – The Perloff Family Foundation, in partnership with the Maine Community Foundation, is offering one-year Fast Track Grants that encourage Maine teachers to become educational innovators.
Pre-kindergarten through 12th-grade teachers in publicly funded schools are encouraged to apply, beginning April 1, 2015, for Fast Track Grants of up to $3,000. Recipients will be selected on a rolling basis through July 1, 2015. Applications for the grants may be downloaded from www.perloffgrants.org.
Recent examples of Perloff-funded Fast Track Grants include garden and aquaponic projects, ukuleles, puppet theaters, and electronic book publishing.
The Perloff Family Foundation also offers STEM4ME, robotics, and other special grants. STEM4ME grants encourage students and teachers to “think outside the box” to create real-world solutions to problems in areas such as renewable energy, ecology, robotics, and sustainable food production.
Recent examples of Perloff-funded STEM4ME projects include:
The Electric Guitar Building Program at Noble High School in North Berwick, which teaches students math and science while they learn to build their own guitars
The Bluebird Restoration Project at Oxford Hills Comprehensive School in South Paris, where students build and monitor bluebird boxes and supply data to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology
This is David and Sandy Perloff’s 15th year of grantmaking in Maine. Their goal is to provide funding that encourages teachers who are committed to planning, taking risks, and achieving timely results. They engage with teachers and students through school visits to provide support and encouragement for projects they fund.
To learn more about all grant opportunities and access to a Fast Track Grants application form, please visit www.perloffgrants.org .
With offices in Ellsworth and Portland, 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 www.mainecf.org.