Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design Issues RFP for Rural Communities Facing Design Challenges


Important Announcement: Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design Issues RFP for Rural Communities Facing Design Challenges

Partnership of federal agencies and national organizations offers workshop funding, technical assistance, and additional resources

The Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design (CIRD) is issuing a request for proposals to rural communities facing design challenges to host local workshops in 2013.
Successful applicants will receive a $7,000 grant and in-kind design expertise and technical assistance valued at $35,000. The Request for Proposals is on the new CIRD website: www.rural-design.org.
The deadline for submitting a proposal is Tuesday March 5, 2013 at 5:00 pm EST.
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., along with the Orton Family Foundation and the CommunityMatters┬« Partnership.
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 workshops will be augmented with conference calls and webinar presentations led by experts who will cover topics related to rural design. The calls will also be open to the general public through CommunityMatters. The new website at www.rural-design.org is a portal for resources on rural design gathered from diverse organizations across the country. It will be a place for interested citizens to connect with one another and get information about improving design in their own communities.
Sign up for information calls, find the RFP and application guidelines at www.rural-design.org/apply. Selected communities will be announced in May 2013, and the workshops will be held during the summer and fall of 2013.
READ MORE > See the full press release here.
JOIN AN INFORMATIONAL CALL > on CIRD and the RFP. First call: January 23, 3:30-4:30 pm eastern.
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Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design Issues RFP for Rural Communities Facing Design Challenges