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Capacity Building Calls

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.

Request for Proposals

Read the full Request for Proposals for details on the program and application.

The CIRD program offers rural communities the following:

  • An annual competitive opportunity to host an intensive, two-and-a-half day community workshop, supported through a $7,000 cash award and in-kind technical assistance and design expertise valued at $35,000;
  • Informational conference calls and webinars on key design and planning topics for rural communities that are open and freely available to communities nationwide; and
  • Web-based access to a wide range of rural design resources.

CIRD will select as many as four communities to host CIRD workshops in the fall of 2014 and the first quarter of 2015.


Application Timeline: 

RFP Issued  March 11, 2014

Application Assistance: 

  • Application Preparation Webinar  
  • Q&A Call with CIRD Staff 

April 2, 2014 3PM EDT
April 24, 2014 3PM EDT

Applications Due May 6, 2014 9PM EDT
Finalists Notified  Early June 2014
Phone Interview with Finalists  Early June 2014
Host Communities Notified Mid June 2014
Public Announcement Late June 2014

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