Citizen's Institute on Rural Design


  • Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design™ Announces 2016-2017 Awards

    March 29, 2016
    Communities from Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Montana, New York, and Washington to host rural design workshops
  • One Stop Shop for 2016-2017 CIRD Request for Proposals

    December 21, 2015

    We are weeks away from the  2016-2017 CIRD workshop program deadline. We look forward to receiving your proposals, and in the interim would like to offer our assistance as you gather your materials for submission. 

  • The White House Convening on Rural Placemaking

    December 1, 2015

    On November 17, 2015, the White House Rural Council in partnership with Project for Public Spaces and the National Main Street Center, hosted The White House Convening on Rural Placemaking. The convening brought together federal, state and local public sector officials, national non-profit organizations, foundations, and individuals to discuss how federal, state, and philanthropic entities can support and leverage the power of placemaking.

  • Invitation to Communities to Host Design Workshops that Address Specific Local Design Challenges

    October 27, 2015

    It is our pleasure to announce CIRD's 2016-2017 Request for Proposals for Rural Communities Facing Design Challenges. The RFP is intended to help small towns and rural communities, with populations of 50,000 or less, build their capacity and acquire technical expertise to solve their design challenges.

  • Franklin for a Lifetime: Promoting Livability through Age-Friendly Design.

    July 15, 2015

    Franklin, New Hampshire, like many post-industrial communities, is seeking ways to bolster employment opportunities and revitalize its downtown. In addition to finding ways to spur economic development, Franklin wants to ensure the availability of affordable housing options for seniors, who often leave the city to find housing elsewhere, robbing Franklin of vital civic, economic, and cultural resources Franklin for a Lifetime focused on creating a healthy and vibrant community and a reinvigorated downtown for all ages to enjoy.