Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design Issues RFP for Rural Communities

Posted on: January 17th, 2013 by Kathy Nothstine

The Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design (CIRD), a program of the National Endowment for the Arts (http://www NULL.nea NULL.gov/) and USDA (http://www NULL.usda NULL.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdahome), has issued a request for proposals to rural communities facing design challenges to host local workshops in 2013. Successful applicants will receive a $7,000 stipend and in-kind design expertise and technical assistance valued at $35,000. CIRD (formerly known as “Your Town”) works to help rural communities with populations of 50,000 or fewer enhance their quality of life and economic vitality through facilitated design workshops. The program brings together local leaders, non-profits, and community organizations with a team of specialists in design, planning, and creative placemaking to address challenges like strengthening economies, enhancing rural character, leveraging cultural assets, and designing efficient housing and transportation systems.

The Request for Proposals is on the new CIRD website: www.rural-design.org (http://www NULL.rural-design NULL.org/). The deadline for submitting a proposal is Tuesday March 5, 2013. CIRD will offer three free application-assistance calls to answer questions and guide interested applicants in assembling their proposals on January 23, February 7, and February 28. For more details and to register, visit www.rural-design.org/application-assistance (http://www NULL.rural-design NULL.org/application-assistance).

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