Grants to CEI

For over 40 years, CEI has brought millions of dollars in grant funding to Maine to support business ownership, good jobs, and the long-term environmental and economic sustainability of our rural regions and gateway cities. 

Grants and donations make up about 46% of our annual budget, providing support for:

  • Early stage investments in food system and natural resource-based businesses with the potential for high growth, job creation, and positive environmental and social impacts in Maine and the northeast. Read more about our Catalyst Fund.
  • Financial wellness coaching for members of Maine’s resident-owned communities.
  • Research and development of aquaculture strategies to diversify income streams for fishermen and improve ocean health in the Gulf of Maine.

Interested in learning more about how to support our grant-funded work? Contact us at (207) 504-5900 or