The Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships (RSDP) connect greater Minnesota communities to the University of Minnesota in order to help solve problems and take advantage of new opportunities. RSDP works to connect knowledge, resources, and seed funding to drive sustainability in its four core areas of agriculture and food systems, tourism and resilient communities, natural resources, and clean energy. There are five regional partnerships within Minnesota. At this time the Central RSDP and Northwest RSDP are seeking idea briefs for seed funding they have available to support projects in their areas that leverage community participation and build strong partnerships with University of Minnesota. Individuals, organizations, and groups are encouraged to apply.
The Central RSDP serves Central Minnesota including Becker, Benton, Cass, Crow Wing, Hubbard, Kanabec, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Otter Tail, Stearns, Todd, and Wadena Counties. Idea briefs are due by March 31, 2017 and implemented in the summer of 2017. To discuss your project contact Molly Zins at email@example.com or 218-828-2332.
The Northwest RSDP is not defined by county boundaries but generally serves Kittson, Roseau, Lake of the Woods, Marshall, Pennington, Red Lake, Clearwater, Beltrami, Polk, Norman, Mahnomen, Clay, and Wilkin counties as well as Ottertail and Becker for food system work. Idea briefs are due by April 3 for request of $1500 or less. Project requests larger than $1500 can also be submitted but require a full proposal. Contact Linda Kingery at 218-281-8697 or firstname.lastname@example.org to learn about submitting a full proposal or with questions on idea briefs.