Iowa Initiative for Sustainable Communities Request for Proposals

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.  To download the application visit the IISC website.

SIMPCO, with the City of Sioux City, was successful with an application and partnered with IISC from 2014 to 2016 completing over 20 projects including the Downtown Sioux City Green Space Plan which ultimately led to the development of the newly established Pearl Street Park. For a full listing of projects completed in Sioux City and the surrounding area, visit the IISC website.

Applications may come from cities large or small, urban or rural, from counties or even on a regional level. SIMPCO staff will be willing to assist member cities and counties with an application at no cost.

If your community is interested in submitting an application or if you have questions about IISC please contact Michelle Bostinelos at 712-279-6286 or by email