November 14, 2023

Continuing Community Collaboration

Flagship Fellows’ Program receives Federal Funding Boost
The Island Institute Fellows program was recently awarded a USDA Rural Community Development Initiative (RCDI) grant for the support of three fellows including Grace Carrier who supports the Brooklin Climate Response Committee.
Lisa Millette, Community Development Officer
October 26, 2023

Island Students, Teachers, and Families Connect

Inter-Island Event tradition persists and continues to benefit island schools
The Inter-Island Event is a grass roots outer-island tradition that has taken place nearly every fall since the 1980s in which the children of Maine’s outer island schools convene on a host island for an opportunity to expand their social networks and connect with kids from other island communities. The schools that participate in the Inter-Island event have some of the smallest student populations—in fact, the children on most of these islands can count their classmates on one hand.
Jack Sullivan
October 26, 2023

Supporting Coastal Entrepreneurs

USDA Rural Development Infuses Island Institute’s Loan Fund for Coastal Businesses
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced an award on October 17 to Island Institute for nearly $87,000 from its Rural Business Development Grant program. These funds will go towards supplementing the Tom Glenn Community Impact Fund’s revolving loan fund.
Jeff Frank, Senior Community Development Officer
October 12, 2023

Reflections on the Maine Climate Council Meeting

Maine Makes Progress on Several Fronts Toward Its Climate Goals
At a late September kickoff meeting for the next round of work by the Maine Climate Council, the Council and working group members heard from community stakeholders, legislators, students, and climate science experts about the how Maine has been doing in terms of implementing the 2020 Climate Action Plan, Maine Wont Wait as well as some of the latest knowledge about climate science and impacts to the State.  
Nick Battista, Chief Policy Officer
October 11, 2023

Policymakers Examine the Oyster Farming Process

Legislators Visit Bremen to Learn How Farmers Grow Oysters
Earlier this month, Island Institute hosted an aquaculture tour that showed local and statewide policymakers the lifecycle of how farmers grow oysters.  This tour a variety of important legislators and others elected officials including state Sen. Cameron Reny, Reps. Allison Hepler, Victoria Doudera, Holly Stover, Lydia Crafts, and town officials from Newcastle and the Midcoast Council of Governments.  
Jeff Frank, Senior Community Development Officer
September 19, 2023

From Peaks to Penn

Emma Conrad of Peak's Island reflects on how Island Institute scholarships & grants helped her reach her goals
Emma Conrad grew up on Peaks Island and has been the recipient of multiple Island Institute grants and scholarships. Emma's reflection explores how she approached the college admissions processes, navigated the pandemic as a first-year college student, and utilized the resources available to her to build upon her interests and discover her passions.
Emma Conrad
August 28, 2023

Policy on the Pier

Legislators Visit Stonington to Learn about Innovative Aquaculture
As Maine's coastal communities navigate the challenges posed by a changing environment and shifting economic landscapes, one sector stands out as a beacon of opportunity: aquaculture. At Island Institute, we recognize the vital role that aquaculture plays in supporting our communities by allowing farmers small and large to find new forms of income and are committed to working with policymakers to ensure its continued growth and success.
Jeff Frank, Senior Community Development Officer
June 15, 2023

Learning together on Cuttyhunk Island

TLC field trip connects students, parents, and educators from island communities
The Outer Islands Teaching and Learning Collaborative is a group of Maine’s one and two-room island schools that work together to support high-quality learning opportunities for outer island students. For 14 years, this Island Institute project has brought together students, teachers, and parents from these small island schools to share curriculum, learn together, and build social connections. Our field trips are an important component of this program, which is part of the Island Institute’s work to empower students, foster strong leadership, and create more resilient coastal communities.
Ken Stevenson, Community Development Officer
May 30, 2023

The Ninth Artists and Makers Conference Brings the Creative Community Together

We were thrilled to bring back the Artists & Makers Conference this year and celebrate the theme, Together Again! With over 100 attendees, eight inspiring sessions, live music, Pecha Kucha-style (lightning fast, story-telling based presentations), and more, we considered the day to be a great success!
Lisa Mossel, Archipelago Director
May 30, 2023

Building Resilience

Island Institute's 2023 Business Resilience Grant Awardees
We are thrilled to announce the Island Institute's 2023 Business Resilience Grant awardees, a remarkable group of businesses and entrepreneurs who are at the forefront of building resilience in Maine's coastal communities. From Eastport to York and islands in between, these business owners are committed to sustainability, innovation, and supporting their communities.
Jeff Frank, Senior Community Development Officer