Support for the Maine Climate Council

Climate change planning in Maine has a history of being public-private partnerships. As outlined in the legislation that created the Maine Climate Council, support for Council comes from a mix from public and private funds in order to support the Council's ability to address climate change in Maine and to ensure the sustainability and resiliency of its work.

The decision to accept private funding is based on the following principles:

  • The Council believes that climate change is urgent and imperative to address now, and welcomes support from funders and donors who share this concern.
  • While funders and donors are welcome to support projects that reflect their interest or concerns, the direction and outcomes of projects are the exclusive purview of the Council.
  • The Council reserves the right to refuse financial support if the stated purpose of the funding, or the values of the funder, conflict with the purpose and values of the Council.
  • To ensure maximum transparency and accountability to the citizens of Maine, the Council will disclose all funder and donor support once funds are received.

Current Funding

The Council receives $500,000 ($250,000 annually) in the biennial state budget enacted by the Maine Legislature.

The Council also receives additional support from philanthropic sources. This funding has supported projects like cost-benefit modeling and data for the state Climate Action Plan, staffing support, and stakeholder and public engagement and communications.

A full accounting of outside funds received is below:

  • Elmina B. Sewall Foundation, $170,000, Staffing capacity for climate resilience, Oct. 2019; $20,000 community resilience pilot project, December 2020; $25,000, rural capacity, Aug. 2022
  • Broad Reach Fund, $15,000, Coastal and Marine working group support, Oct. 2019
  • Anne and Alexander Buck Jr., $100,000, Cost-benefit modeling and data, Dec. 2019
  • Rhode Family Fund, $5,000, General support, Dec. 2019
  • Onion Foundation, $100,000, Cost-benefit modeling and data analysis, Jan. 2020
  • EarthSea Fund, $60,000, General support, Jan. 2020
  • Horizon Foundation, $15,000, Communications and stakeholder and public engagement, May 2020; $20,000, Community resilience pilot project, July 2020
  • UN Foundation, $266,000, Targeted staffing support, April 2020/September 2021
  • Maine Climate Leadership Fund, $15,000, communications and general support, July 2020; $80,500, Community resilience pilot project, September and December 2020
  • Betterment Fund, $10,000, Community resilience pilot project, October 2020
  • Daniel Hildreth, $15,000, Communications, November 2020
  • Maine Climate Leadership Fund, $50,000, Communications, April 2021; $30,000, Communications, June 2021.
  • Maine Climate Leadership Fund, $300,000, Community Resilience Partnership, December 2021;  $50,000, Community Resilience Partnership, January 2022
  • Maine Climate Leadership Fund, $15,000, Equity Subcommittee, January 2022
  • Maine Climate Leadership Fund, $20,000, Community Resilience Partnership, January 2022; $24,687, Community Resilience Partnership, February 2022
  • The Nature Conservancy of Maine, $50,000, Community Resilience Partnership, March 2022
  • Maine Climate Leadership Fund, $180,000, rural capacity, May 2022

In its annual reports to the Legislature, the council will provide a list of the amounts and sources of any outside funds accepted by the council in the prior calendar year, as well as whether the outside funds were expended and the purpose of the expenditure.

How to Support the Council

If you or your organization is interested in supporting the work of the Council, please e-mail for more information.