Mexico Civil Society Activity

Request for Concept Papers

Improving the Institutional Capacity and Sustainability of Mexican Civil Society Organizations (CSOs)

Issuance Date: May 26, 2017

Deadline for Questions: June 2, 2017 at 17:00 (Mexico City time)

Online Information Session: June 5, 2017 at 10:00 (Mexico City time)
- To access this session, click here and use Access Code 326-911-709

Information Session Ciudad Juárez Chihuahua: June 8, 2017 at 12:30 (Cd. Juárez Time) 
- Room Área Verde Zeus at Centro de Convenciones Cibeles located on Boulevard Tomás Fernández # 8450, Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua

Information Session Tijuana, Baja California: June 9, 2017 at 10:00 am (Tijuana Time) 
- Room Arrieros at Hotel Hacienda del Río located on Boulevard Sánchez Taboada # 10606, Zona del Río, Tijuana, Baja California

Closing Date: June 16, 2017, at 17:00 (Mexico City Time)


Dear Prospective Applicant:

The purpose of this announcement is to invite Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) to submit concept papers in response to a Request for Concept Papers (RfCP) for projects to be implemented in Northern Mexico, preferably in the Border Communities.  For the purposes of this RfCP, CSOs are defined as non-profit, nonpartisan, non-political or religious organizations, legally constituted and registered in Mexico that do not seek self-interest but social and community goals.

This process is part of the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Mexico Civil Society Activity being implemented by Social Impact (SI) Inc., in collaboration with partners World Learning, Inc. and Fundación Appleseed. The goal of the activity is to improve the institutional capacity and sustainability of Intermediate Support Organizations (ISOs) and CSOs engaged in activities related to crime and violence prevention, criminal justice reform, and human rights in Mexico.

This Request for Concept Papers is the first round of a two-round solicitation process. Successful applicant organizations under Round One will be invited to participate in Round Two which constitute responding to a Request for Full Proposals to be released mid-July 2017. For details on the solicitation process, please refer to Section C of the RfCP.

Successful Round Two applicants under this RfCP will be invited to become grantees under USAID Mexico Civil Society Activity. Subject to the availability of funds, we anticipate awarding up to thirteen (13) grants to CSOs for a period of up to two (2) years, starting on or about September 2017. Each award is expected to be valued between USD $535,000 to $600,000. Civil Society Activity encourages eligible CSOs based and registered in Mexico, with relevant experience implementing programs in the areas focus of this RfCP and existing capacity to manage funds of equal scope and size, to submit an application that address the following objectives:

  • Objective #1: Implement innovative, collaborative and sustainable projects related to crime and violence prevention, criminal justice reform, and/or human rights in the Northern region of Mexico, preferably in the border communities;
  • Objective #2: Promote and develop strategic alliances with other sectors and key stake holders to increase project’s impact and achieve sustainable results.

Prospective applicants are encouraged to read the Request for Concept Papers in its entirety. To download the complete Request for Concept Papers package, please click on the button “Download RfCP”.

Concept Papers must be submitted by June 16, 2017 at 17:00 (Mexico City time). Concept Papers submitted after the closing date and time will not be considered. All documents must be submitted in Spanish and according to instructions. All submissions – including attachments – must be transmitted via e-mail and addressed to Please include “CSA02 – CSO RfCP” in the subject line.

CSA RFCP#1 Information Session