Category: education and research
Goals: We partner with Maine’s year-round islands and coastal communities to ensure that they remain vibrant places to live and work.
Island Fellows – bright, talented college or masters-level graduates who spend a 1-2 year on-island residency working to meet identified community needs in a wide range of focus areas.
Working-Waterfront Access – preserving the fewer than 20 miles of working waterfront left of our 5,300-mile coastline for fishing and other marine-related industries.
Scholarships – more than $66,000 given this year to 57 island students for higher education; $10,000 provided for non-traditional, lifelong learning opportunities.
Geographic Information System (GIS) Mapping – using the latest technology and satellite imagery to help communities identify and manage their resources more effectively.
Convening & Coalition-Building – holding events requested by diverse constituencies; leading and/or facilitating the efforts of island and coastal communities.
Archipelago – a retail store that features the best of Maine’s island and coastal art, craft and design, and an art gallery showcasing island-inspired art by local and nationally known artists.
Grantmaking – grants to year-round islands through the Island Community Fund; funding to nonprofits, fishing co-ops and municipalities for affordable-housing and working-waterfront access projects
IT Education – Communities for Rural Education, Stewardship & Technology (CREST), a three-year $1.2 million NSF-funded IT project serving 100 students and teachers at 11 schools.
Publications – Working Waterfront, a newspaper published 11 times a year with a readership of 40,000; Island Journal, an annual magazine with stories and photographs of island life, books and reports.
Monthly newspaper, Working Waterfront; annual Island Journal; occasional other monographs; Geographic Information System (GIS) capability offering advice on marine resource applications; and promotion of public discussion of environmental and economic issues.
Resources: see above