CIRD supports host communities before and after their workshops via informational conference calls and webinars that cover critical topics in community engagement, rural design, partnership development, and workshop planning.

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Request for Proposals

Read the full Request for Proposals for details on the program and application.

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.

Application Timeline: 

RFP Issued  October 27, 2015

Application Assistance: 

  • CIRD Program Information: All You Need to Know to Give it a Go Webinar  
  • Secrets to Crafting an Outstanding CIRD Application

November 10, 2015 3PM EST 

December 10, 2015 3PM EST

Applications Due January 12, 2016 11PM EST
Finalists Notified  Late February 2016
Phone Interview with Finalists  Early March 2016
Host Communities Notified Mid March 2016
Public Announcement Late March 2016

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