Do you have an idea to improve the sustainability of your community involving the arts?


Do you have an idea to improve the sustainability of your community? 

The Southwest Regional Sustainable Development Partnership (SWRSDP) seeks ideas for partnerships with community-based projects in Greater Minnesota. Seed funding is available for projects that leverage community participation and create a robust partnership with the University of Minnesota. The SWRSDP invites projects that might use the arts as key elements in their proposals.


The SWRSDP invites ideas in four focus areas:

  • Sustainable agriculture and food systems
  • Resilient communities
  • Natural resources
  • Clean energy

Please get in touch with Anne (320-235-0726 x 2012 or to start a conversation about your project idea. After an initial conversation, community members may choose to submit a short idea brief in writing. Idea briefs submitted by February 14, 2019, will be reviewed in spring 2019 by work groups and board members from the region. 

Priority projects will:

  • Strengthen the long-term social, economic, and environmental health of Greater Minnesota
  • Demonstrate active community leadership throughout the life of the project
  • Involve meaningful roles for both local community members and University of Minnesota faculty, staff and/or students
  • Engage diverse populations and advance new community collaborations.
  • If possible, leverage funds or other contributions

To learn about recent projects supported by the Southwest Partnership, visit the Story Map at

For more information and to submit a project idea, visit or contact me at 320-235-0726 x 2012 or


Anne Dybsetter, Executive Director, Southwest Regional Sustainable Development Partnership, University of Minnesota Extension

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