Submit an idea to Regional Sustainable Development Partnership


Have a project idea?

Do you have an idea to improve sustainability in your community? RSDP would love to hear from you! Their statewide project application period takes place from January 1 to February 14 each year. Ideas can be submitted any time, but many funding decisions for the year are made following this statewide application period.

Idea Brief

The RSDP hope’s you’re encouraged to share your idea! Start the conversation by reaching out to the Executive Director in your region, or by submitting an Idea Brief on the RSDP website. A regional Executive Director will follow-up with you soon.

Project Partnering Criteria

Project ideas are submitted to one or more of RSDP’s regional boards based on the location of the project. These project ideas are reviewed based on the following shared criteria. Individual regions might include additional criteria reflecting regional priorities.

  • Project goals address a community-identified need or opportunity related to one or more of RSDP’s focus areas: sustainable agriculture and food systems, clean energy, natural resources and resilient communities.
  • The project supports environmental, social and economic sustainability for public purpose or benefit.
  • The project involves meaningful leadership roles for both community members and University of Minnesota faculty, staff and/or students.
  • The project expands community collaborations.
  • Preference is given to projects that are from, led by, or include meaningful participation of historically underrepresented communities, which includes but is not limited to Native communities, people of color, immigrants, people with low incomes, LGBTQ+, people with disabilities, women and geographically isolated communities.
  • Project proposals that include funds or contributions from other sources are encouraged.

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