In an effort to help our communities during this time, we have created a resource page to serve as a place for island and coastal residents, parents, schools, businesses, and others to access tools that may be useful in addressing some of the key challenges they are facing. We will be updating and adding to this page frequently, so we invite you to keep checking back. If you are looking for help with navigating any of these resources, please reach out to us at email@example.com.
Guidance on Visiting the Maine Coast
Looking to visit the coast of Maine this summer? Please consult the latest guidance from the State of Maine and Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. We also encourage you to review anyguidance provided by the community or communities you plan to visit. Below is a sampling of guidance to visitors being provided by island and coastal communities, current as of May 12, 2020.
- Chebeague Island’s Report to the Chebeague Community (5/8/20)
- Isle au Haut’s Selectboard Advisory (5/5/2020)
- North Haven’s Letter to Community and Guiding Principles (5/5/20)
- Vinalhaven’s Letter to Seasonsal Residents and Visitors (5/9/2020)
Community Leadership Resources
- Leadership in Disruptive Times—Presentations from Waypoints Forum 2020
Virtual Meeting Tips
Maine islands have been leading the way in virtual convenings for more than a decade and have important insights to share in this time of moving to engaging online. Here are some tools we created to help island schools and other organizations work collaboratively in an online environment.
- Tips for Virtual Meeting Facilitation—The Island Institute
- Zoom Conferencing Video Cheat Sheet—The Island Institute
Many internet service providers are providing assistance to students, educators, and others in their service areas to help support remote working during this time. To learn more, please visit the links below and contact the provider directly.
- Spectrum Support—Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update
- Tidewater Telecom, Linconville Telephone, and LCI Fiber Optic Network—Internet access assistance for families with students at home
- Consolidated Communications—Coronavirus (COVID-19) Preparations and Planning for Business Continuity
- Comcast—Comcast Announces Comprehensive COVID-19 Response to Help Keep Americans Connected to the Internet
- GWI—COVID-19 | GWI Is Doing Its Part to Help
Island Institute What Works Solutions Library
On Maine's islands, thoughtful integration of digital technologies into the traditional scheme of education is necessary to ensure students have the tools to thrive in a complex and rapidly changing technological society. And because island schools have very few students, using technology to encourage connections and shared learning between schools is vital.
Online learning resources for kids and adults
- Goodwill Community Foundation free online learning resources
- National Digital Equity Center—free online classes and tutoring
Resources for Small Businesses, Artists, and Nonprofits
Please see below for a few key resources to help businesses through this challenging time. For a detailed list of resources and information, including filing for unemployment, relief loans, guidelines for nonprofits, additional assistance for artists, and much more, visit our Small Business Resource Page here.
Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act
- Guide to the CARES Act—Includes links and information from the SBA and Department of Treasury
- The Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act
- Coronavirus Emergency Loans Small Business Guide and Checklist
- Independent Sector—Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES ACT): Summary for Nonprofits
- Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)
- Nonprofits and CARES: Loans for Nonprofits in the CARES Act | Loan Comparison Chart
General Business Resources
- Small Business Administration—Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
- Small Business Administration—Economic Injury Disaster Loan
- Maine Department of Labor—Filing for Unemployment
- Maine Department of Labor—Resources for Workers and Businesses on COVID-19
- Maine Small Business Development Centers (SBDC)—Coronavirus and Your Business
- CEI—COVID-19 Resources For Businesses
- CDC Foundation—COVID-19 Guidelines For Nonprofits—The Nonprofit Times
Webinars and Trainings
- Mainebiz: The Paycheck Protection Program (On-Demand recording)
- Review who is eligible, how to calculate what you can borrow, and how to manage your staffing numbers in order to be in compliance for partial or total forgiveness.
- Mainebiz: The EIDL Program and Other Grants, Loans, and Credits (On-Demand recording)
- Review the parts of the bill designed to offer relief for businesses who may not be able to take advantage of the PPP, including the Emergency EIDL grants, AMT and employee retention credits, delay of payroll taxes, and provisions for pre- and post-SBA loans.
Resources for Artists and Arts-based Businesses
- National Endowment for the Arts—COVID-19 Resources for Artists and Arts Organizations
- CERF+ — COVID-19 Response Fund
- Retail Association of Maine—COVID-19 Resource Page for Retailers
Resources for Fishermen and Farmers
To see a detailed list of resources for the aquaculture and fishing communities, visit our Aquaculture and Fishing Resource page here.
- Maine Department of Marine Resources—Resources for Industry and Individuals Regarding COVID-19
- Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry—COVID-19 Information for Agriculture and Food Businesses
- USDA—Business and Industry CARES Act Program
- USDA—Farm Loan Programs
How to Support Local Small Businesses
- #WeAreMaineStrong—a movement to support local businesses today so they can keep their doors open tomorrow
- CEI—Support Local Businesses Directory
- Pay It Forward Maine—how to support local businesses and communities through collective action
Resources for Schools and Families
- The Island Institute's Education Team has put together a shared Google Drive with resources for local schools and families. We will be adding to this frequently, so educators and parents can continue to check back as this resource evolves.
- Maine Department of Education—Coronavirus Resources for Schools
- University Tools for Remote Work, Teaching & Learning—The University of Maine
Resources and Social Services for Island and Coastal Communities
If you're looking for specific resources, or are interested in making a donation or offer to support to Maine’s island and coastal communities during this time, please visit our Social Services Resource List here for more information.
Tools for Municipalities
- Maine Municipal Association Coronavirus Web Area
- Leadership During a Pandemic: What Your Municipality Can Do—Pan American Health Organization
Online Tools for Meetings & Events
Getting connected online
- Google is providing free access to their advanced Hangouts Meet video-conferencing capabilities to all G Suite and G Suite for Education customers globally through July 1, 2020. Features include: meetings for up to 250 participants per call, live streaming for up to 100,000 viewers within a domain, and the ability to record meetings and save them to Google Drive. Learn more here.
GoToMeeting and LogMeIn
- LogMeIn is providing critical front-line service providers and healthcare providers with free access. The solution, available for educational intuitions, nonprofit groups, and municipalities will provide access to various LogMeIn products for three months, through the availability of Emergency Remote Working kits.
- Zoho recently launched a full virtual collaboration platform named Remotely. The solution aims to help companies to continue operating as normal during the rise of the coronavirus epidemic. The platform will be available to use for free until July 1, 2020, at which point, Zoho will review the situation and deliver a potential extension. Learn more and sign up here.
Zoom offers a free version that allows users to host up to 100 participants, access free 1-to-1 meetings, and create group meetings lasting up to 40 minutes. Learn more here.
- For K-12 schools: Zoom has announced that they are temporarily lifting the 40-minute time limit on free Basic accounts for schools affected by the Coronavirus. Students or teachers can sign up here.
- Tools for using Zoom—Getting Started and How to Use Zoom for Online Learning
Additional tools and resources
- How to Run a Great Virtual Meeting—Harvard Business Review
- The Ultimate Guide to Remote Meetings in 2020—Slack
- 5 Tips for Conducting a Virtual Meeting—Inc.
- How to Have a Virtual Meeting that’s not Painful (and Actually Productive)—Fast Company
State of Maine COVID-19 Resources
- Maine Helps—Online Resource for Supporting Maine People, Buisness and Organizations during COVID-19
- Office of Governor Janet T. Mills—Preparing for and Responding to Covid-19
Health and Safety
State, Federal, and Global Health Resources
- Maine Center for Disease Control & Prevention
- US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- World Health Organization—Coronavirus Disease advice for the public
Other Local Information Resources
- 211 Maine has partnered with the Maine CDC to answer general questions about COVID-19. This service is available by dialing 211 (or 1-866-811-5695), texting your ZIP code to 898-211, or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Learn more here.
- Rural Health Information Resources—Rural Health Information Hub
- City of Portland, Maine—COVID-19 Information Page
Expensify.org Food Assistance Program
Expensify.org will temporarily redirect all of its charitable funds to Expensify.org/hunger and provide assistance to families in need receive assistance in purchasing essential goods during the COVID-19 outbreak. Every Expensify.org donation and Expensify Card purchase directly contributes to assisting families by matching SNAP grocery purchases.
- Fact sheets, posters, multimedia resources, and links to live updates in multiple languages about COVID-19