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About the region

The University of Minnesota Central Regional Sustainable Development Partnership connects community ideas with University of Minnesota resources for the economic, social and environmental sustainability of the region.  We aim to further sustainable development through fostering community-University partnerships that promote inclusive communication, advance innovative ideas, capitalize on opportunities, and affect change.  

The Central Minnesota Sustainable Development Partnership was among the first Partnerships established in 1998 to serve citizens in an eight-county area of Central Minnesota including Becker, Otter Tail, Hubbard, Cass, Wadena, Morrison, Crow Wing and Todd counties. Ecologically, this region consists of the Pine Moraine and Outwash Plains.  

Since its establishment, the Central Regional Partnership has supported more than 120 projects with an investment of over $2 million.  An additional $3 million in funding from other sources, volunteer and in-kind contributions has supported these project efforts for a total investment of nearly $5 million.

CRSDP Project Funding Criteria
  • The project must be initiated by local citizens and/or with their support continuing throughout the project.
  • The project must partner local citizens with University of Minnesota faculty, staff, and/or students and resources.
  • The project must address issues in one or more of the Sustainable Focus Areas (Agriculture & Local Food Systems, Tourism & Resilient Communities, Clean Energy or Natural Resources), with a focus on local economic and human development, education, research, and long-term sustainability.
  • Project deliverables/outcomes must be identified and focus on local citizen and community needs.
  • A local, in-kind contribution is required.
  • Priority will be given projects that leverage funds from other organizations and/or include cash contributions from other sources, and that partner with other organizations.
  • The project will support environment, social and/or economic sustainability for public purpose or benefit.
  • The project can be replicated or creates learning and action that can be shared.
  • The project builds partnerships.

  To learn more about submitting a Project Idea Brief to the CRSDP, contact  Molly Zins at or 218-828-2332.


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