Washington Academy

Mobile App Development Program Receives Maine Community Foundation Grant!

Mobile App Development Training Program for Local Businesses to Launch


(East Machias)—Washington Academy has received a $10,000 grant from the

Maine Community Foundation to develop a mobile app development training program for local small businesses in Washington County. The funds are through the combination of the Downeast Innovation Fund ($6,605) and the Belvedere Natural Resource Preservation Fund Downeast ($3,395).


“This grant will help many small businesses who are struggling with marketing their businesses on the internet, social media, and smartphones. With so many customers reaching for their phones, tablets, or even computers to shop, or even just browse, small businesses can markedly increase their customer base with an on-line presence.” said Robin Gautier, the Director of Development at WA. “Students will be matched with businesses and learn about the ins and outs of entrepreneurship while teaching the business owner how to manage their on-line presence by assisting in development of a mobile application that is specific to that business. It is a win-win for both the students and the businesses.”

The project will kick-off with a day-long conference at WA where local business owners will have the opportunity to hear from WA students already involved in the Computer Programming classes and, specifically, the Mobile App Development program. Businesses can sign up at the conference to participate. The Community Connections Conference date will be announced in the coming weeks.


Washington Academy, founded in 1792, has a mission to provide comprehensive education to all students. With a focus on workforce development and community engagement and economics, the curriculum integrates business planning, marketing and entrepreneurship in an applied learning environment that serves WA students, as well as the community at large. To learn more about the impact that Washington Academy is having on our local communities, please visit www.washingtonacademy.org; or email Robin Gautier at r.gautier@washingtonacademy.org to request the 2019 Community Impact Report.


Headquartered in Ellsworth, with additional personnel in Portland, Dover-Foxcroft, and Mars Hill, the Maine Community Foundation works with donors and other partners to provide strong investments, personalized service, local expertise, and strategic giving to improve the quality of life for all Maine people. To learn more about the foundation, visit www.mainecf.org.