Con Alma Health Foundation: Small Grants Program
Con Alma Health Foundation is organized to be aware of and respond to the health rights and needs of the culturally and demographically diverse peoples and communities of New Mexico. The Foundation seeks to improve the health status and access to health care services for all New Mexicans and advocates for health policy, which will address the unmet health needs of all New Mexicans. Con Alma defines health broadly to include not only physical health, but also mental, emotional, behavioral, social, oral, environmental, economic, and spiritual health and well-being. This definition represents an approach to both individual and community well-being which impacts local and statewide health systems.
The Small Grants Program makes awards to empower New Mexico community organizations to change health-related systems to promote health equity. Small Grants can support a wide range of programs/projects, initiatives, and organizations. Examples include, but are not limited, to efforts that:
- Improve the health status and rights of diverse communities
- Increase access to health and health care services
- Advocate for health policy
- Promote community wellness and health equity
Projects, initiatives, or organizations that address and demonstrate the following are highly compelling:
- Applications that focus on making health-related systems more accessible, responsive, and capable of meeting the needs of diverse communities (especially those underserved by systems as they currently operate)
- Address how the applicant’s work affects health systems in New Mexico
- Projects that involve collaboration, particularly multi-sector collaboration (public and private, for-profit and non-profit, multiple providers/services, etc.)
- Projects with funding support (including in-kind) from multiple sources
Small Grants are not awarded to projects focusing on direct services. However, many organizations that provide direct services also promote systemic change through their work. Applications that focus on these aspects, and addressing how their work affects health systems in New Mexico, may be competitive. Con Alma highly recommends applicants review its report on health equity in New Mexico to determine priorities for funding.
Amount: Awards will range from $7,000-$15,000.
Eligibility: Nonprofit organizations and organizations applying through a fiscal sponsor. All activities funded by the grant must occur (or benefit the people) in the state of NM. Any organization working directly with pueblo or tribal communities/nations must submit a letter from those pueblos or tribes acknowledging support for the organization and the project that will be implemented.
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