Con Alma Health Foundation
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 that addresses the health needs of all in New Mexico. 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.
Con Alma awards grants annually to nonprofits throughout New Mexico that work toward sustainable solutions to their communities’ health challenges. The following types of funding are awarded: project support, general operating/core support, and technical assistance/capacity building. Proposals that demonstrate the following have a higher chance of being funded:
- A thorough understanding of Con Alma Health Foundation’s mission, funding priorities, and definitions of key grant making terms such as “health equity,” “systems change,” and “active vs. passive consultation.” The Foundation encourages applicants to learn more about these by looking at the Foundation’s website, and by reviewing grant guidelines and the report “Health Equity in New Mexico: A Roadmap for Grantmaking and Beyond.“
- A shared value for collaboration within or across geographic areas or institutional sectors (government, nonprofit, private sector).
- A focus on improving the health of underserved residents of New Mexico, including rural areas, communities of ethnic or other diversity, immigrants, veterans, etc.
- A budget with support from multiple sources and a clear relationship between expenses and the goals stated in the application.
Note that the Foundation’s grant priorities do not include funding direct services; if a proposed project does involve some type of direct services, the applicant should explain how the services promote a goal more closely related to the Foundation’s priorities. Some examples include testing new methods of service delivery, creating different ways to bring people and services together, expanding availability to previously unserved populations, identifying unmet needs or issues posing problems in reaching specific people, etc.
Amount: Awards will range from $7,500-$20,000.
Eligibility: Nonprofit organizations and organizations applying through a fiscal sponsor. The purpose of the grant must benefit people living in New Mexico. Organizations working directly with pueblo or tribal communities/nations or within their jurisdictions must submit a letter of support from the tribe(s)/nation(s) involved as an attachment to the application.
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