Applying for a Standard RCP Partnership

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The Resilient Communities Project (RCP) is currently accepting proposals for projects and partnerships for the 2022-2023 academic year (June 2022-August 2023). Our Standard RCP Partnership serves cities, counties, tribal public entities, special districts, and regional government agencies or collaboratives located anywhere in the state of Minnesota. (Additionally, counties, cities, and townships within the Metropolitan Council's jurisdiction are also eligible for our Comprehensive Plan Implementation Partnership.)

RCP seeks to partner with local government agencies on projects designed to advance community sustainability, equity, and resilience. Projects may address a broad range of local issues and needs, but RCP especially encourages projects that address racial inequities and disparities in Minnesota.

Agencies selected for an RCP partnership benefit from applied research and technical assistance, provided by graduate and professional students and faculty at the University of Minnesota from a variety of departments and disciplines. An RCP partnership can be a great way to

  • explore emerging opportunities or needs in your community
  • generate new ideas and perspectives on a challenging problem or issue
  • bring community voices and knowledge to the conversation
  • launch new initiatives or get "stuck" projects moving again

How to Apply

For complete information about how to apply to the program, download our 2022-2023 application packet

Who Is Eligible

  • Counties, cities, tribal public entities, special districts (e.g., watershed, transit, park, school), and regional government agencies or collaboratives in Minnesota are eligible to apply for Standard RCP Partnerships. The selection process is competitive.
  • Counties, cities, and townships located in the Twin Cities metropolitan area are also eligible for our special Comprehensive Plan Implementation Partnership, with matching funds and technical assistance provided by the Metropolitan Council.  
  • Nonprofit, neighborhood, and community organizations are not eligible for RCP, but may seek assistance from CURA's Community Programs.

Program Cost

RCP partners must support the partnership through both dedicated staff time and a local financial contribution. For the 2022–2023 academic year, costs are as follows:

  • $6,000 per project for partnerships that involve 1–4 projects 
  • $5,000 per project for partnerships that involve 5 or more projects
  • For large-scale partnerships involving 10 or more projects, please contact us for pricing

Deadline for Proposals

Proposals are accepted at any time, but are due by the following dates to ensure eligibility for assistance during the time periods indicated:

  • January 15 for projects to begin summer academic term (May to August)
  • April 15 for projects to begin fall academic term (September to December)
  • August 15 for projects to begin spring academic term (January to May)

RCP staff are available to help with development of your proposal at any stage—from introducing the RCP program and model to your staff, elected officials, and other stakeholders to helping brainstorm ideas for projects. Contact [email protected] to get started!

Download Application Packet

Benefits of an RCP Partnership

  • A high rate of return on investment, with hundreds of hours of concentrated student work on your projects
  • Data analysis, case studies, concept plans, and policy recommendations that can energize staff, spark community and staff discussions, and get “stuck” projects moving again
  • Expanded breadth of conversations around projects, issues, and solutions—students can explore and innovate in directions unavailable to staff or consultants due to constrained project budgets or political resistance
  • Access to an interdisciplinary group of faculty with first-hand knowledge of innovative and cutting-edge research and practice on sustainability, equity, and resilience
  • New opportunities for community residents and stakeholders to become involved in locally driven conversations
  • A network of students and faculty serving as informal ambassadors for your agency and community—sharing their experiences through conference presentations, community meetings, job interviews, and informal conversations
  • Increased publicity and recognition in local, state, regional, and national publications and venues as a forward-thinking agency and resilient community
  • Opportunities to foster next-generation local government professionals by mentoring and collaborating with highly motivated and engaged students 

Application Resources

Contact Mike Greco, RCP Director, at [email protected] to learn more or discuss how we can customize our program to meet your needs!