The University of Iowa

Request for Proposals

Iowa Initiative for Sustainable Communities Request for Proposals

Release date:  November 20, 2017



Download a copy of the full IISC Request for Proposals here.



All questions concerning the information presented in this Request for Proposals must be sent directly to Travis Kraus, IISC Assistant Director, by e-mail ( or phone (319.335.2798).



The University of Iowa’s Iowa Initiative for Sustainable Communities (IISC) is seeking proposals from Iowa towns, cities, counties, regional entities and other community-based organizations to become an IISC community partner, beginning in August 2018. 

IISC expects to choose 2 partners for the Fall 2018 to Spring 2019 academic year, depending on the number and scope of projects proposed by each applicant.  A one year (academic calendar) contract will be executed between the University of Iowa and IISC community partners.

The successful applicant will benefit from roughly 20,000 hours of work from University of Iowa students and faculty from a variety of disciplines. Projects are incorporated into academic courses at the University of Iowa, providing experiential learning for hundreds of students while significantly impacting sustainability in partner communities.

The selection process is competitive. Proposals are accepted on a rolling basis until the February 1, 2018 deadline.


Eligible Applicants

Applicants may consist of a municipality, a county government, councils of governments, community-based non-profits, or a collection of communities with similar characteristics, such as watersheds, economic or cultural districts, or a transportation corridor.


Schedule of Activities

Issue Date: November 20, 2017

Informational Phone Conference 1:  December 12, 2017, 10:00 – 11:00 am*

Informational Phone Conference 2:  January 16, 2018, 10:00 – 11:00 am*

Deadline for Questions: January 25, 2018

RFP Due Date: February 1, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.

Community Selections:  March 5, 2018

*Interested community partners should request conference call information by 3 pm on  Monday, December 11th for Phone Conference #1, and Monday, January 15th for Phone Conference #2