May 1, 2014

One Stop Shop for the 2014 CIRD Request for Proposals!

The deadline for the 2014-2015 CIRD workshop program is quickly approaching.  While we know the application process is an exciting time for solidifying partnerships and dreaming big, there are a lot of pieces to manage.

To help prospective applicants in the final weeks of the process, we’re putting the top resources for applying at your fingertips.  Here is the 2014 CIRD “one stop shop” for your application needs:

Request for Proposals (RFP): The RFP outlines eligibility and application requirements along with the criteria that will be used to evaluate all proposals.  Read through the program details, starting on page 6, for details on workshop format, planning and development as well as the resource team, matching funds and budget.

Application Form: You can start an application, then save the form and return to it later.  Remember that all applications (including all supplemental materials) must be received no later than 9pm Eastern on Tuesday, May 6.  Watch this short video clip for a walkthrough of the application form:

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

The FAQ provides answers to commonly asked questions about CIRD and the workshop program.  This is a great resource to help you talk about CIRD and why it might be right for your community.

Pre-application Webinar: On April 2, we hosted a Program Information Webinar. CIRD staff from the National Endowment for the Arts and Project for Public Spaces provided an overview of the program and answered questions related to the recently released RFP.  Watch the webinar recording:

Office Hours Call

The April 24 Office Hours call offered an opportunity for applicants to join CIRD staff on the phone to talk about specific questions related the RFP.  Read through the notes from the call, or listen to the recording for additional details on this year’s workshop program and the application process.

Curious what happens after you hit the submit button? Here’s what you can expect after you apply:

Following the application deadline on May 6, 2014 at 9pm Eastern, CIRD staff will conduct a technical review to ensure all proposals are complete and meet eligibility requirements.  A review panel of diverse professionals will read and evaluate the applications, then select eight proposals for the next phase of review.  In mid-June, CIRD will contact these eight semi-finalists for a one-hour interview.  After the interviews, CIRD makes a recommendation to the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).  The NEA will select up to four finalists for this year’s workshop program.  Communities will be notified in early July regarding the status of their application.

If you have additional questions or experience technical issues with the application form, please email us at CIRD@pps.org!