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.

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Application Assistance

We were pleased to offer two pre-application assistance webinars to help prepare you to submit a competitive 2016-2017 CIRD proposal. We encourage you to listen to these informational webinars, posted below, about the program and the application process. 

CIRD Program Information: All You Need to Know to Give it a Go

On this webinar CIRD staff from the National Endowment for the Arts and Project for Public Spaces provide an overview of the program and answer questions related to the recently released RFP. You'll learn about the application process, eligibility requirements, and selection criteria. 


  • Jen Hughes, design specialist, National Endowment for the Arts
  • Cynthia Nikitin, senior vice president, Project for Public Spaces

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Read the webinar Q&A.

Secrets to Crafting an Outstanding CIRD Application

Thursday, December 10, 2015 from 3-4pm EST

CIRD staff offered advice on crafting an outstanding application including tips for articulating a design challenge, establishing project partners, and anticipating workshop outcomes. Past workshop coordinators shared their insight and experience in preparing a competitive application. 


  • Cynthia Nikitin, senior vice president, Project for Public Spaces
  • Rachel Reynolds Luster, founder, Oregon County Food Producers and Artisans Co-Op
  • Sharon Cowen, extension field specialist, University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension

Read the webinar Q&A