Cultivating community-led solutions

Maine’s island and coastal communities have rich traditions of innovation and resiliency. They solve tricky problems, adapt to change, and work collectively to shape their futures. Our remote, rural towns, however, are facing increasing challenges. This includes disruptions to traditional industries, which impact livelihoods; resource availability for students and businesses; access to high speed internet; the impacts of climate change; and much more.

To support communities addressing these challenges, we work collaboratively on a variety of projects, from our Island Institute Fellows program, to grants and scholarships, to advocating for local and state policies. By connecting individuals and businesses with placed-based tools, solutions, and people ready to lend a hand, we are helping island and coastal regions create vibrant and sustainable futures. 

Island Institute Fellows

A signature program that places 10 Fellows in Maine’s coastal and year-round island communities, helping build sustainability within communities whose way of life face many challenges.

Education & Workforce Pathways

Providing financial support for educational and workforce experiences to prepare island and coastal students and young adults for post-secondary education and training opportunities.

Broadband & Digital Equity

Working with communities, nonprofits, and town officials to help facilitate thoughtful planning and provide equitable access to high-speed internet for Maine's coastal and rural communities.

Meet a Maine Arist

Creative Economy

Supporting the artists and makers of Maine's islands and coast who provide jobs, foster innovation, drive tourism, and promote culture. This work includes Archipelago, Island Institute's store and gallery in Rockland.

Funding to diversify Maine’s island and coastal economies

Amplifying community leaders' voices on policy issues