Grant Committee

Our 2017 Request for Proposals invited submissions from Maine schools, libraries, and 501(c)3 organizations that serve students in grades 6-12.  The RFP sought ideas for gender-balanced programs in computer coding, electronics, and robotics, with a preference for programs that were creative and non-competitive.  The submission deadline was May 1.

No further rounds of grants currently are scheduled.  However, if you'd like to be on the mailing list to receive any future Requests for Proposals, send an email to:

The following committee reviewed proposals and recommended grants. 

  • Andrew Finneman is the Executive Director of the Lincoln Theater in Damariscotta, Maine.  He has a PhD in education.
  • Pam Gormley is the Executive Director of Skidompha Public Library in Damariscotta, Maine.  Skidompha has been Gizmo Garden's foundational partner.  She serves on the board of trustees for Lincoln Academy in Newcastle.
  • Paula Schuster is a Teacher at Nobleboro Central School in Nobleboro, Maine.  She is a Gizmo Garden volunteer and the parent of a former Gizmo Gardener who has grown into a Gizmo Garden staffer.
  • Bill Silver is the Technical Director of Gizmo Garden LLC in MidCoast Maine and a Co-Founder and Senior VP at Cognex Corp.
  • Judy Silver is the Program Director of Gizmo Garden LLC in MidCoast, Maine.


A sister organization to the Gizmo Garden Fund is Gizmo Garden LLC, which provides computer and electronics education programs.  Most of our programs take place in conjunction with Skidompha Library in Damariscotta, Maine, though we also have conducted a program for high school juniors and seniors in conjunction with Upward Bound at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine.  More information can be found on our separate website, and at Facebook.

Gizmo Garden Water Park

Student robots can be as creative as students are. We made a Gizmo Water Park! Longer video is on the Gizmo Garden YouTube Channel. These students are at Skidompha Library in MidCoast Maine. If you live in the area and want info on future Skidompha technology education programs, contact

Posted by Gizmo Garden on Sunday, March 12, 2017
Gizmo Garden in 47 seconds

At Skidompha Library, students in grades 6-9 created a Gizmo Parade!

Posted by Gizmo Garden on Monday, April 25, 2016