Grants available to MDI teachers 

MOUNT DESERT—Staff and faculty employed directly by Mount Desert Elementary School, Northeast Harbor Library and Mount Desert Island High School who are interested in developing professional skills are encouraged to apply for a grant through the Maine Community Foundation’s Vincent Astor Incentive Awards program. 

Incentive awards, typically between $500 and $3,000, enable school and library personnel to pursue projects that will broaden their experience or education, or otherwise contribute to their skills or to the curriculum of the school. Deadline for application is Feb. 1, 2021. 

Applications are available through the schools, Northeast Harbor Library and the Maine Community Foundation. For more information, visit or call, toll-free, (877) 700-6800. Preference is given to applicants who have not received an award within the past 12 months. 

Mini-grants of up to $500 are also available to address needs not discovered by a teacher until after the school year begins. These awards are not a substitute for normal operational funding but are meant to supplement and enrich the educational process. Only staff from the elementary school and the library can request mini-grants, which are considered on a monthly basis. Applicants should submit a one-page letter by the 15th of the month explaining the project. Awards will generally be made within 30 days of receipt of the proposal. 

The Astor Incentive Award program was established in 1984 to improve the quality, productivity and effectiveness of education in the town of Mount Desert. 


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