Community education foundations supporting public schools in Yarmouth, Cumberland and North Yarmouth distributed more than $60,000 in grants for classroom enrichment programs during the 2011-12 school year.

The foundations are registered nonprofits that raise and distribute money for educational programs not funded by school budgets.

The fledgling Yarmouth Education Foundation provided $35,000 in grants, funded primarily by a founding-donor drive held last fall, according to a news release. The grants launched a new robotics program at Yarmouth High School and purchased digital microscopes for Harrison Middle School, among other things.

Foundation 51 provided more than $28,000 in grants for enrichment programs in School Administrative District 51, according to a news release. The grants paid for a variety of initiatives in Cumberland and North Yarmouth schools, including field trips to Skyline Farm and electronic readers for struggling students at Greely High School.

Foundation 51 has awarded more than $400,000 in educational enrichment grants since it was founded in 1998.