Education Foundation of Martin County Receives Generous Grant To Move Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

The Education Foundation of Martin County is pleased to announce it has received a $76,600 grant from the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties. The Education Foundation will use these funds to support its S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics) Initiative by expanding arts integration opportunities for our local students, as well as the Foundation’s Engineers Teaching Algebra program, professional development for educators, and project-based learning programs to increase student awareness of S.T.E.A.M. careers and student achievement in these subject areas. This generous grant is expected to impact more than 10,000 students in the Martin County School District.
The Community Foundation awards grants through a competitive application and review process. This grant was made possible though The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fund, an endowed fund of the Community Foundation which addresses needs in arts and culture, education, the environment and community development. The award recognizes the Education Foundation’s efforts to strengthen STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) programming while infusing the Arts (STEAM), to create a forward-thinking, transformative concept that builds creative thinking, analysis and problem solving skills – all vital abilities to prepare our future innovators.
For more information contact Lisa Rhodes, Executive Director, Education Foundation of Martin County at (772) 600-8062, or by e-mail at
About the Education Foundation of Martin County
The Education Foundation of Martin County (EFMC) is the only not-for-profit, 501(c)(3), community investment organization comprised of business leaders, community volunteers, and school officials with the common goal of enriching and enhancing the quality of education for all students and educators in Martin County's public schools. For more information, visit
About the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties
As one of Florida’s largest community foundations, the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties advances quality of life, citizen engagement, and regional vitality through its promotion of philanthropy. Founded in 1972, the Community Foundation has total assets of more than $130 million. Last year, the Foundation awarded over $5.3 million in grants and led initiatives to address critical issues of common concern in the communities, including hunger, homelessness, affordable housing, and the conservation and protection of water resources. They are the trusted steward of over 250 funds created by area families, philanthropists, corporations and private foundations for charitable investment in our region’s communities. To learn more, please visit
Leslie Lilly, CEO, Community Foundation For Palm Beach and Martin Counties (2nd from left), presents Education Foundation of Martin County Board President Russ Reaver, Executive Director Lisa Rhodes, and Ryan Strom, Chair of the STEAM Committee with a check for $76,600.