Funding and design assistance announced for rural communities

The Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design™ (CIRD) has issued a request for proposals to rural communities interested in applying for funding to host a community design workshop in either 2016 or 2017.

The Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design is a National Endowment for the Arts leadership initiative in partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Project for Public Spaces, Inc.

CIRD provides communities access to the resources they need to convert their own good ideas into reality.

The CIRD program offers rural communities the following:

  • An annual competitive opportunity to host an intensive, two-and-a-half day community workshop, supported through a $10,000 cash stipend and in-kind technical assistance and design expertise valued at $35,000;
  • Informational conference calls and webinars on key design and planning topics for rural communities that are open and freely available to communities nationwide; and
  • Web-based access to a wide range of rural design resources.

CIRD will select as many as six communities to host CIRD workshops between June 2016 and April 2017.

The deadline for submitting a proposal is Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016 at 11 p.m. EST.

See RFP announcement.

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