2014 RFP Released!

We are excited to announce the release of the Request For Proposals for rural communities facing design challenges. Selected communities will receive $7,000 to support the planning and hosting a multi-day design workshop, and CIRD will work with the communities to assemble teams of specialists most qualified to address the communities' identified design challenges.

Read the full press release here. 

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Established in 1991, the Citizens' Institute on Rural Design has convened more than 60 workshops in all regions of the country, empowering residents to leverage local assets for the future in order to build better places to live, work, and play.

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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.