RFP: Community Collaborator Services for Parks for All


Minneapolis Parks & Recreation Board


Proposals Due: Round 1: May 10, 4 pm CST
Round 2: September 10, 2019 at 4 pm CST
Round 3: December 6, 2019 at 4 pm CST

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) and the Minneapolis Parks Foundation seek community collaborator services from businesses, institutions, nonprofits, and cultural organizations to envision and execute engagement projects of their own planning, designed to broaden the way community engages with the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board Comprehensive Plan. The Community Collaborator initiative is a paid opportunity for groups across Minneapolis to convene their own conversations about parks and recreation to inform the next 10-years of priorities for the park and recreation system. Proposals will be competitive, and those that are selected will receive funding to implement their idea. Funding will vary from $500-$3000 according to the project idea and proposed budget. Proposals will be accepted on a rolling basis with three rounds of submission and review in April, August, and December 2019.

Parks for All, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board Comprehensive Plan, will be taking place through 2020 to set the priorities and policy direction for the next decade of Minneapolis Parks. This planning process involves community, MPRB staff and commissioners in shaping the future direction of Minneapolis’ park and recreation system. Please visit at www.minneapolisparks.org/parksforall for more information. 

The Comprehensive Plan is as much process as product. Community engagement will be central to the development of the policy direction, but is also an important community building opportunity around our park system. The MPRB Comprehensive Plan is a different document and process than the recent City of Minneapolis Comprehensive Plan, as it is only about the Minneapolis park and recreation system. The plan will build off other recent MPRB plans including the service area master plans, RecQuest, the Urban Agriculture Activity Plan, the Skateboard Activity Plan, and other plans and policies that have been developed by MPRB in recent years with community input. 

MPRB seeks Community Collaborator proposals for community engagement services during the Parks for All. Because Parks for All is substantially by the community, MPRB is looking for ways to broaden community input to hear from communities that may not engage in typical MPRB meetings, events, and online platforms. Proposals shall consist of the attached proposal form which asks specific questions about what the engagement project is, how the project will be executed, and what experience the proposer has in working with your targeted community. Upon completion of the engagement project, community connectors are to prepare a Final Report of Engagement, which will be incorporated into the project along with MPRB-led engagement and will help inform the vision, goals, strategies, values, and other recommendations of the Comprehensive Plan.

Keep reading the full RFP:

Opportunity Opens

Tuesday, Aug 20th 2019

Opportunity Closes

Friday, Dec 6th 2019, 4:00pm

Application Location

MN Artists