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Types of RCP Partnerships

For cities, counties, tribal governments, special districts, and regional government agencies or collaboratives in Minnesota, there are two ways to partner with the Resilient Communities Project: through a Large-Scale Partnership or a Small-Scale Partnership.

Our partners benefit from research and technical assistance on locally identified projects that advance community resiliency, provided by students and faculty at the University of Minnesota from a variety of departments and disciplines. The selection process is competitive, and partner communities must support the effort through dedicated staff time and a local financial contribution.

Large-Scale Partnership

  • Intended for communities interested in collaborating on 10–25 projects over the course of an academic year (September through May). 

  • 2020–2021 Request for Proposals: Issued July 1, 2019
    download Large-Scale RCP Partnership RFP Packet

  • Deadline to Apply: March 2, 2020 Extended to March 16, 2020! 

  • Partnership Period: Initial planning begins April 2020, with student work taking place September 2020 through May 2021. Partnerships may be extended by mututal agreement.

Small-Scale Partnership

  • For communities seeking to collaborate with RCP on 1–5 projects. The Small-Scale RCP Partnership is designed for communities that prefer to focus on a smaller slate of key projects, do not have the staff or financial resources to sustain a Large-Scale Partnership, or are interested in learning about how RCP works and the value it provides before considering a Large-Scale Partnership

  • 2019–2020 Request for Proposals: Issued March 15, 2019
    download Small-Scale RCP Partnership RFP packet

  • Deadline to Apply: Applications are accepted at any time. However, to allow sufficient time to identify suitable project matches, priority is given to applications received by the following:

March 16, 2020 for work to begin summer-semester academic term (June to August 2020)
—June 15 for work to begin fall-semester academic term (September to December 2019)
—October 15 for work to begin spring-semester academic term (mid-January to mid-May 2020)

  • Partnership Period: Flexibleprojects are matched to meet your project timeline, as suitable UMN courses are available 

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

Application Resources


Contact Us

Contact Mike Greco, RCP Director, at or 612-625-7501 to discuss how we can customize our program to meet your needs or to schedule one of the following events in your community: 

  • RCP informational presentations: RCP staff are available to deliver informational presentations about the program to your organization's staff or elected officials. Informational presentations are a good fit for organizations interested in learning about how a partnership functions.
  • RCP Proposal Development Workshop: This workshop is a good fit for organizations who know they want to submit a proposal for a Large-Scale Partnership and would like to host a workshop to assist staff in putting together a proposal.  


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

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