At the Island Institute, we recognize that leadership comes from within. Our goal isn’t to provide leadership, but to mobilize it. We help Maine’s island and coastal communities address the most pressing issues they face, and from there, we partner with them to make sure they have the tools they need to thrive in a changing world.


Strong schools are vital to the strength and sustainability of year-round island and coastal towns. We support students, teachers, school leaders, and parents by responding to needs and creating opportunities for connection and collaboration.

Leadership Programs

Effective local leadership is the single most distinguishing feature of strong communities. Leadership programing at the Island Institute seeks to build informed, networked, and supported leaders across the coast of Maine and beyond.



Fellowships provide a unique opportunity for recent graduates to apply their skills and gain experience in helping communities build sustainability and address the challenges they face.

Inclusion and Equity

We commit to advancing conversations, understanding, and action around diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice—within our organization and throughout Maine's coastal communities.

Discover how we're working to support policy issues affecting our coast

Meet our latest cohort of Fellows supporting Maine's rural communities