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2019–2020 Call for Applications
New Feb. 2019! : Small-Scale RCP Partnership Opportunity

The University of Minnesota’s Resilient Communities Project (RCP) is PDF iconnow accepting applications from cities, counties, tribal governments, special districts, and regional government agencies or collaboratives in Minnesota for Small-Scale RCP Partnerships for the 2019–2020 academic year.

Our new Small-Scale RCP Partnership opportunity is intended for communities seeking to collaborate with RCP on one to ten (1–10) projects. Successful applicants will 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 the partner must support the effort through dedicated staff time and a local financial contribution.

About RCP’s New Small-Scale Partnership Opportunity

The Small-Scale RCP Partnership opportunity is designed to offer more flexibility for those communities seeking to benefit from the research and technical assistance available through RCP, but on a more manageable scale. It’s a great option for communities that. . .

  • prefer to focus a partnership on a smaller slate of key projects
  • do not have the staff or financial resources to sustain a full-scale, year-long RCP partnership (which typically involves 20–30 projects) 
  • are interested in learning about how RCP works and the value it provides before considering a full-scale partnership

Communities applying for a Small-Scale RCP Partnership can identify as few as one (1) and up to ten (10) projects to be included in the partnership, on any issue related to community resiliency. Each project will be matched with a minimum of 1-2 University of Minnesota graduate or upper-level undergraduate courses or student teams during the fall 2019 or spring 2020 semesters to work on the project, in collaboration with your organization's staff and community stakeholders. 

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 venue for resident and stakeholder involvement 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.
  • Increased publicity in local, state, regional, and national publications and venues, and a reputation as a forward-thinking organization and resilient community. Project results can help you clarify, understand, and apply resiliency, sustainability, and livability principles.
  • Opportunity 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.

How to Apply

PDF iconDownload complete application information for the 2019–2020 Small-Scale RCP Partnership. As part of your proposal, you will be asked to identify and describe 1–10 specific projects, the staff who will lead each project, and any external community partners or stakeholders who will participate in each project.

Priority Deadline for Applications: April 15, 2019, by 11:59 pm (Central Time)
Final Deadline for Applications: May 1, 2019, by 11:59 pm (Central Time)
Selected partners announced: Early May 2019.

Contact Mike Greco, RCP Director, mgreco@umn.edu or 612-625-7501, to learn more about our new partnership opportunity and to discuss how we can customize our program to meet your needs! RCP staff are also available to deliver informational presentations about the program to your organization's staff or elected officials.

Resources

  • Example project descriptions (coming soon!) 
  • Connect directly with other Minnesota city/county staff who have worked with RCP in the past. The individuals on our list of PDF icon References from Past Partnerships have agreed to be contacted about their experience partnering with RCP.

What Past Partners Have to Say about RCP

“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

"Most of the projects were known priority needs prior to the city’s participation in the RCP program. Were it not for RCP, North St. Paul would not have been able to address those issues in a timely and cost effective manner. In our view, the RCP program was a vehicle by which the city could tap the numerous resources of the university for the betterment of our residents' future."

—Paul Ammerman, Community Development Director, North St. Paul

“Not only did we get fantastic work, but I think it’s really reinvigorated city staff. . .to be around students [and] faculty who have different ways of thinking and different ways of approaching an idea. So it has been an absolutely wonderful experience.”

—Susan Thomas, Principal Planner, City of Minnetonka

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