The Perloff Family Foundation, in partnership with the Maine Community Foundation and the Maine Space Grant Consortium, is offering grants focused on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics  — STEM — and the integration of STEM with the arts and humanities, or STEAM. The STEM4ME grant program aims to increase the opportunities for student-driven STEM and STEAM projects at publicly funded Maine middle schools, high schools, and academies.

Grants of up to $5,000 will be made available to small teams of students, mentored by an experienced educator, that create real-world solutions to problems in areas such as renewable energy, ecology, automation, space science and engineering, and sustainable food production, integrating the arts and humanities wherever possible.

Educators interested in applying for a STEM4ME grant must submit a one-page letter of interest by Sept. 15 that describes project objectives and key completion milestones. Successful candidates will be asked to submit a formal application.

For information on where and how to submit letters expressing interest, visit

During the past two years, 12 schools have received funding and support to carry out a STEM4ME grant, with an additional six expected to be added in the 2014/15 academic year.

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

The Maine Space Grant Consortium is an affiliate-based 501(c)(3) corporation and member of the national network of NASA Consortia in all 50 states, plus Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. To learn more about the Consortium, visit