The Resilient Communities Project (RCP) partners with local government agencies in Minnesota on projects designed to advance community sustainability, equity, and resilience. Projects may address a broad range of local issues and needs, but RCP specifically encourages projects that address racial inequities and disparities in Minnesota.
Communities 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 2021-2022 application packet.
*** RCP will host drop-in office hours via Zoom every Tuesday and Thursday until our upcoming April 15 deadline. It's a great way to meet one-on-one with RCP staff to learn more about the program, ask questions, or discuss a project idea or partnership. Learn More >>>
Who Is Eligible: Cities, counties, tribal public entities, special districts (e.g., watershed, transit, park, school), and regional government agencies or collaboratives in Minnesota are eligible to apply. The selection process is competitive. (Nonprofit, neighborhood, and community organizations are not eligible, 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 2021–2022 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, 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 work to begin summer academic term (May to August)
- April 15 for work to begin fall academic term (September to December)
- August 15 for work 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@example.com to get started!
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 feasibility
- 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
- Access to an interdisciplinary group of faculty with first-hand knowledge of innovative and cutting-edge research and practice on sustainability, equity, and resilience
- 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 interested and engaged students
- Want to learn more about how RCP works? Schedule an informational presentation. RCP staff are available to explain the program to your agency's staff or elected officials.
- Have a question about RCP, or want to discuss a project idea? Connect with us during our drop-in office hours via Zoom, every Tuesday and Thursday until April 15.
- Not sure how to choose appropriate projects? View our suggestions for identifying projects.
- Need assistance developing your proposal? Schedule an RCP Proposal Development Workshop. The workshop is a good fit for agencies that would like focused, one-on-one assistance developing a proposal for RCP.
- Want to hear from past RCP participants? You can connect directly with other Minnesota city/county staff who have partnered with RCP to learn about their experience.
Contact Mike Greco, RCP Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more or
discuss how we can customize our program to meet your needs!