Consulate General in Monterrey Announces Grants for Small Community Projects

Monterrey, Nuevo León, July 11, 2017 – For second year in a row and with the goal of providing support to communities in Northeastern Mexico and strengthening the bilateral relation between the U.S. and Mexico, the Consulate General in Monterrey in coordination with Consulates General in Nuevo Laredo and Matamoros opened their request for proposals for community Small Grants (RFP) last January.

This call for proposals sought projects related to topics including: broadening human rights, promoting science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education, advancing democracy, freedom of expression, civil society, and good governance, supporting entrepreneurship and innovation.

The goal of these grants is to promote opportunities among members of civil society to develop abilities, activities, ideas and/or projects that meet specific needs of the community they live in. These projects are related to policies shared by both the U.S. and Mexico and will serve as a means to broad and deepen mutual understanding and strengthen links between the two countries.

After evaluating the proposals received from the six states of Northeast Mexico, the evaluation committee selected the following projects to be funded by the Consulate:

Love without Violence
Women’s Forum – Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas.
This Project focuses on youth 15 to 18 years of age, and its goal is to promote the rights of youth to a life without violence in their relationships by prevention and early detection of violent behaviors in couple’s relationships. Women’s Forum goal is to promote community development by encouraging equality between men and women.

Forming entrepreneurs in neighborhoods with high crime rates
Comité de Desarrollo Empresarial A.C. (CODEM) – Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas.
This program targets 18 to 26 year olds, through a series of workshops to help them develop business and leadership skills. The project seeks to encourage youth to find business opportunities and to develop entrepreneurial initiatives to improve life conditions in their communities.

Summer STEM Camp for high school students from rural areas of Nuevo León
Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León – Monterrey, Nuevo León.
This three-week project incorporates 60 high school students from rural areas of the state of Nuevo Leon into the scientific and technological investigation (PROVERICYT) summer camp to promote their interests in science, technology, engineering, and math. This intensive summer program is a hands-on, practical and interactive, students will be integrated in research projects led by renowned investigators from the National System of Research and will bring substantial benefits to the students

Math for Life
Enseña por México – Guadalupe, Nuevo León.
Through “Enseña por Mexico” network of professionals (PEM), this project will serve 1,800 high school students of from CONALEP (Colegio Nacional de Educación Profesional Técnica) technical schools, and will help them develop basic knowledge of math which will allow them to develop their critical thinking, mathematical reasoning, and in obtaining the skills to understand and propose solutions to problems around them ensuring a successful learning of math.

DigitaLGBTT
Comunidad Educativa Interdisciplinaria A.C. – San Luis Potosí, SLP
Digital LGBTT is a program to train LGBTI population in San Luis Potosi on digital technologies in order for them to obtain formal Jobs with better wages through the development of professional abilities in digital technologies such as Photoshop, programming, digital marketing, and web design.

The ABC’s for your new business, be entrepreneurial
Inclusión, Desarrollo y Bienestar Mexicano, A.C. (IDEM) – Monterrey, Nuevo León.
The series of workshops “The ABC’s for Your New Business, be Entrepreneurial” are aimed mainly at women who are heads of family who live in vulnerable areas of the city. This project is a tool that will benefit up to 150 entrepreneurial people through the consolidation and development of their innovative ideas, creating awareness of the self-employed culture that helps in reducing crime rates.

Robotics Educational Lab through STEM activities with gender equality
Preparatoria No. 18 UANL – Dr. Erick Federico Sanchez Flores / 2015 STEM Teaching a New Generation of Scientists – Institute of the Americas (University of San Diego) – Hidalgo, Nuevo León.
The goal of this project is to provide the opportunity to 32 talented students from rural Hidalgo, Nuevo Leon, to participate during one year in the Robotics Educational Lab Club in which they will learn to develop abilities in problem-solving and collaborative work, through STEM activities and robotics.

Training in Accusatory Criminal System and Alternative Means of Conflict Resolution in Criminal Matters
Renace Capitulo San Luis Potosí, A.C. – San Luis Potosí, S.L.P.
With the adjustment to the new accusatory criminal system, Mexico will take several years to adapt to these changes. With this in mind, the objective of the Renace San Luis Potosí, A.C. project is to provide training to operators of the justice system in San Luis Potosí, especially future attorneys who will contribute to the improvement of the system by safeguarding the human rights of the accused and victims.

Strengthening Human Rights Education
Centro de Estudios sobre la Enseñanza y el Aprendizaje del Derecho A.C. (CEEAD). – Nuevo León and Coahuila
CEEAD is a non-profit research center created in 2008 in Monterrey whose mission is to transform the teaching of law in Mexico. Continuing with its focus on law education, CEEAD created the project “Strengthening Human Rights Education”, where the main objective is to work with law universities of Nuevo Leon and Coahuila to promote and update their curriculum according to the new standards of the 2011 human rights reform.

Congratulations to all of our new partners 2017!