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SWRSDP seeks idea for partnerships

WILLMAR — 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 ideas in four focus areas: sustainable agriculture and food systems, resilient communities, natural resources, and clean energy.

“We're interested in hearing about projects driven by local innovations and local needs,” said SWRSDP Executive Director Anne Dybsetter. “The first step is often just having a conversation, to see how resources of the University of Minnesota might be able to help move an idea forward.”

After an initial conversation, community members may choose to submit a short idea brief in writing. Idea briefs submitted by Feb. 14 will be reviewed in spring 2019 by work groups and board members from the region.

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