Resilient Communities Project - Apply by 4/30

The Resilient Communities Project (RCP) at the University of Minnesota is currently accepting proposals from cities, counties, tribal public entities, and other local government agencies for partnerships during the University’s 2024–2025 academic year (September 2024–August 2025).

RCP Partnerships support projects designed to advance community sustainability, equity, and resilience. Projects may address a broad range of local issues and needs, from housing, parks and recreation, and transportation to climate change, public safety, and community development. RCP especially encourages projects that address racial or other inequities and disparities in Minnesota. 

Successful applicants will benefit from hundreds of hours of research and technical assistance provided by graduate and professional students and faculty at the University of Minnesota, from departments and disciplines relevant to your project and needs.

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. Successful applicants must support the effort through dedicated staff time and a local financial contribution.

Program Cost
For the 2024–2025 academic year, costs are $7,000 per project for partnerships that involve 1–4 projects, or $6,000 per project for partnerships that involve 5 or more projects. For large-scale partnerships involving 10 or more projects, please contact us for individualized pricing. 
Municipalities and counties within the jurisdiction of the Metropolitan Council are eligible for matching funds for projects that implement elements of a locally adopted 2040 comprehensive plan. For projects selected for matching funds, the fee is $3,000 per project.

Deadline for Proposals
For projects intended to begin fall 2024 academic term (September to December), proposals must be received by April 30, 2024. Communities selected for participation will be notified by the end of May 2024. Proposals must be submitted by email as a single PDF file to

For More information or to Apply

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 to get started!