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There is still time to apply for one of four $2500 grants available to support learning and skills development as part of the pilot cohort of the RCP Exchange Program.

The RCP Exchange Program was envisioned as a way to leverage the knowledge within the RCP Network by facilitating opportunities for RCP members to learn from one another.

Apply to be a “Receiving RCP”

Could your RCP use some advice from another RCP on organizing your partnership’s governance structure, developing a strategic conservation map, drafting a case statement to communicate your shared vision, launching a successful capital campaign, or implementing an innovative new program for engaging landowners in your region? Perhaps you’re interested in cultivating a robust social media presence to promote the work of your partnership or crafting a toolbox for collaborating with municipalities? Whatever your needs, it’s very likely that other RCPs within the network have worked through a similar process. Many of us have already benefited from other RCP leaders’ efforts to share insights and lessons. With this program, we aim to support an exchange that extends over time and outside the confines of a single workshop or the RCP Network Gathering. To apply as a “Receiving RCP,” complete a short form describing your specific training interests by July 1st, 2017.

Apply to be a “Giving RCP”

Would you be willing to share your strategies and expertise with another RCP?  Has your partnership achieved one or more of the kinds of activities that the Receiving RCPs are in need of training? We know that RCPs at all stages of development have valuable skills to offer other partnerships. Consider participating as a “Giving RCP” to train another partnership in one or more areas where they are seeking assistance. A list of training needs will be posted by July 15, and “Giving RCPs” are invited to submit an online statement of interest, expertise, and capacity by September 15, 2017.

What Happens Next?

Matches between RCPs with compatible training needs and capacity will be announced on October 1, 2017. The 2017-2018 RCP Exchange Program will begin on October 15, 2017, and run through September 15, 2018. Participating members from the RCPs selected will develop a mutually agreed upon exchange sequence that may include phone or web-based consultations, in-person meetings or workshops, and periodic evaluation, supported by the RCP Exchange grant.  All Exchange Program participants will be invited to a workshop at the 2018 RCP Network Gathering to share lessons learned and make recommendations for improving the program. 

Additional details about the program may be found in the Request for Proposals.

Funding for the Exchange Program is provided by Highstead. If the pilot is deemed successful by participant evaluations, Highstead has agreed to support the program for two additional years at the same level, after which continued interest will be gauged. 

Revised Schedule for the 2017-2018 RCP Exchange Program

July 1, 2017 – Deadline for submission of the Receiving RCP online proposal form.
July 15, 2017 – Posting of RCPs’ training objectives and needs on RCPNetwork.org and Linked In.
Sept 15, 2017 – Deadline for submission of the Giving RCP form/online statement of interest, expertise, and capacity.
Oct. 1, 2017 – Matches will have been made and phone calls scheduled between Receiving and Giving RCP pairings.
Oct. 15, 2017 – Beginning of the 2017-2018 RCP Exchange
Sept. 15, 2018 – Deadline for completion of the 2017- 2018 RCP Exchange evaluations.
Nov. 15, 2018 – A workshop on the 2017-2018 RCP Exchange for participants in up to four pairings to share lessons learned to help improve the program.

For more information about this program, please contact Hallie Schwab, Highstead Conservationist, at hschwab@highstead.net or Highstead Senior Conservationist and RCP Network Coordinator Bill Labich at blabich@highstead.net

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