Call for Proposals: 2020–2021 RCP Partnerships
The Resilient Communities Project (RCP) is accepting proposals from local government agencies in Minnesota to be an RCP partner for the 2020–2021 academic year. Partners benefit from applied research and technical assistance, provided by students and faculty at the University of Minnesota from a variety of departments and disciplines, to address one or more locally identified projects that advance community resilience to economic, social, environmental, or technological changes. RCP specifically encourages proposals for projects focused on racial inequities, unjust systems, or the COVID-19 pandemic, and that center communities most impacted by these issues.
The selection process is competitive, and successful applicants must support the effort through dedicated staff time and a local financial contribution.
RCP currently has two open requests for proposals—one for a Standard RCP Partnership and one for a special Comprehensive Plan Implementation Partnership. Eligiblity, cost, and application information for each type of partnership are listed below.
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!
Open Requests for Proposals
Standard RCP Partnerships are intended for Minnesota local government agencies interested in collaborating on anywhere from one to twenty (1–20) individual projects. Projects should demonstrably advance community resilience to economic, social, environmental, or technological changes. RCP specifically encourages proposals for projects focused on racial inequities, unjust systems, or the COVID-19 pandemic, and that center communities most impacted by these issues.
Eligibility: Cities, counties, tribal public entities, special districts (e.g. watershed, transit, park, school), and regional government agencies or collaboratives located anywhere in the state of Minnesota are eligible. Nongovernmental organizations are not eligible to apply for RCP partnerships (to learn about assistance from the U of MN available to NGOs, see CURA's Community-Based Research Programs).
Cost: The local financial contribution for the 2020–2021 academic year is $6,000 per project. Communities also must support the partnership through dedicated staff time (see proposal guidelines for details).
Deadline: Proposals are accepted at any time, but must be received by the deadlines below for full consideration for the upcoming academic term:
- February 1 for work to begin summer academic term (May to August)
- June 1 for work to begin fall-semester academic term (September to December)
- October 1 for work to begin spring-semester academic term (January to May)
Communties selected for a partnership will be notified within two weeks.
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 that are sometimes unavailable to partner staff or consultants due to constrained project budgets or political feasibility
New opportunities for residents and stakeholders to become involved in locally driven conversations, in collaboration with a world-renowned research university
Broader community recognition through a network of students, staff, and faculty serving as informal ambassadors for your organization and community by 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 resiliency research and practice who can help your community clarify, understand, and apply resiliency, sustainability, and livability principles
Increased publicity in local, state, regional, and national publications and venues, and a reputation as a forward-thinking organization and resilient community
Opportunities to foster next-generation local government professionals by providing interested and engaged students with a new understanding of your community and local government in Minnesota
- 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.
- Ready to apply? Download proposal guidelines for our Standard RCP Partnership or Comprehensive Plan Implementation Partnertship to get started!
- Not sure how to choose appropriate projects? View our suggestions for identifying projects.
- Need assistance developing your proposal? Schedule an RCP Proposal Development Workshop by contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com or 612-625-7501 to learn more or
discuss how we can customize our program to meet your needs!
This entire RCP process. . .is such a well-oiled machine. It’s a true testament to [RCP’s] vision for connecting education with the real world. Introducing fresh ideas into our innovation efforts has ignited a spark for me and the Innovation Leadership Team. We are grateful to have been a part of this journey. . . It’s been a ride I’ll never forget!
—Lorraine Brady, IT Project Manager, Carver County