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Robert Carr Fund Strategic Opportunity
Request For Proposals Information Webinars

Monday August 12th 4 PM CEST
Thursday August 15th 10 AM CEST

The Robert Carr Fund for civil society networks (RCF) is pleased to be collaborating with UNAIDS with two information webinars to provide information related to the recently launched Strategic Opportunity Request For Proposals (RFP). The fund will award grants in 2020 to be implemented during the 18-month period between the middle of 2020 and the end of 2021. 

Strategic Opportunity RFP 2020-2021

The Robert Carr Fund is issuing this Strategic Opportunity RFP to give networks and consortia a chance to:

  • try new approaches that could maximize their work to improve the health, wellbeing and social inclusion of inadequately served populations (ISPs);
  • exercise creativity and novel thinking to overcome strategic challenges arising from the increasingly difficult environments for civil society, ISPs and the HIV response. 

Only regional and global networks and their consortia that have been or are being funded by RCF and who meet the RCF eligibility criteria as outlined in section 4 Eligibility of the RFP, are invited to apply.

Organizations and networks that have never received RCF funding are welcome to be part of a collaborative application but are not eligible to be lead applicants. 

Applications should focus on creative and cutting-edge approaches to: 

  • movement leadership, to ensure a stronger, continuous community-led and rights-based response to HIV;
  • financial health and resilience of ISP programs, to ensure that ISPs are not overlooked or left behind in the funding landscape;
  • innovation, learning and partnerships, to ensure that the lessons networks learn can inform more effective approaches that are better adapted to the current environment.

Applicants are encouraged to devote careful consideration to the formation of partnerships that will drive new and more powerful results from this investment. 

This is a competitive funding round. The RCF anticipates awarding over US$3.5 million through a maximum of 7 grants of US$500,000 each. 

The deadline for submission of an application is September 30, 2019
at 06:00 AM CEST.

For any questions about this RFP or the application form, please contact the RCF Secretariat at


The webinars will be held on Monday August 12th and Thursday August 15th and will be conducted in English.The webinar will offer an opportunity to find out more about the request for proposals and process for submission. Questions will be solicited in advance to be addressed during the webinar – please submit your questions to The webinar is open to both prospective and current grantees. You can join the webinars through the following links: 

Monday August 12th 4 PM CEST

Meeting link:
Meeting number: 843 584 433

Thursday August 15th 10 AM CEST

Meeting link:
Meeting number: 842 561 337

The participants can also join by phone. The numbers and access code can be found in the respective meeting links.

Robert Carr Fund Request for Proposals Key Dates

  • 1 August 2019: Publication of RFP.
  • 12 August, 4PM CEST: Global Webinar and Q&As session.
  • 15 August, 10AM CEST: Global Webinar and Q&As session.
  • Week of 19 August: Online application portal open for filling out and submitting proposals.
  • September: Series of regional webinars and question-and-answer sessions in different languages.
  • 30 September 2019, 6AM CEST: Deadline for submitting proposals.
  • Early October: Eligibility screening.
  • Mid October – Early December: Proposals reviewed by independent experts. Anonymous clarifying queries shared with applicants for a rebuttal.
  • Early December: Deadline for rebuttal by applicant.
  • Mid December – Mid January 2020: Program Advisory Panel (PAP) review. Funding advice to the International Steering Committee (ISC) by the PAP, based on applications, rebuttals and comparative analysis of all the reviews.
  • Mid February: ISC meeting and funding decision.
  • Mid March 2020: Funding decision made public.
  • March – June: Due diligence and contracting of successful applicants in line with the ISC funding decision. Once contracting is completed, the first tranche will be disbursed.
  • 1 July 2020: Contract and implementation start date.
  • 31 December 2021: Contract and implementation end date.