CAHF: COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Project

Con Alma Health Foundation

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Deadline: Rolling

Grant amount: US $7,500 - US $20,000

Fields of work: Disaster Relief / Humanitarian Aid Basic Human Needs

Applicant type: Nonprofit, Indigenous Group, Government Entity

Funding uses: Project / Program

Location of project: New Mexico

Location of residency: United States

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NOTE: Access to applications OPENS June 2, 2020 at 9:00am and will remain open for approximately nine (9) months.

Providing Emergency Assistance During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Con Alma Health Foundation was awarded a $1 million dollar grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) towards short-term relief to provide humanitarian aid to help some of the families and communities feeling the greatest strain under the COVID-19 health emergency in New Mexico.

The grant is part of RWJF’s effort to provide $50 million to several national and community organizations across the nation to help address immediate needs such as food, housing, and income assistance for some of the nation’s most stressed communities including (lower-income workers, frontline and other essential workers including those without basic benefits, communities of color, immigrants, Indigenous communities, and people with disabilities).

The aim of this funding is to address both the immediate need to help communities that already face daunting health challenges navigate the additional burdens of the COVID-19 pandemic, and reflect a long-term commitment to an equitable recovery.

Con Alma Health Foundation is partnering with the New Mexico Health Equity Partnership (NMHEP) at the Santa Fe Community Foundation to assist with the COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Project’s implementation. The NMHEP engages a statewide network to advance health equity in New Mexico.

COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Project

Con Alma Health Foundation’s COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Project will award grants to address the health and economic impact of COVID-19 on New Mexico’s populations and communities, particularly for those disproportionately impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Funding made available through this grant opportunity will focus primarily on alleviating immediate basic needs while also looking at efforts that emphasize an inclusive and equitable recovery will engage in a three-prong approach that includes:

Primary focus

  • Distribute or assist in the distribution of basic needs resources or services to individuals and families in New Mexico most impacted by COVID-19.

Secondary focus – whenever possible

  • Coordinate/collaborate with others working on COVID-19 to leverage resources reduce/eliminate duplication of efforts/services, and identify and focus on gaps.
  • Support efforts towards an equitable recovery.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Tribal (sovereign Nations) Fiscal Sponsorship Agreement.
    • Governments (Pueblos, Tribes, Nations or Reservations) serving their Indigenous communities in New Mexico may apply through a 501(c)(3) Fiscal Sponsor.
  • All Fiscal Sponsor fees are capped at 10% of grant award.
  • Applications submitted by Tribal governments or community groups (without 501(c)(3) IRS designation) must use a Fiscal Sponsor 501(c)(3) organization of their choice or contact Program Director for a list of Fiscal Sponsor options.
  • Organizations located outside an Indigenous community yet working within sovereign Nations, or within their Jurisdiction must upload a letter of support from an entity within the tribe(s)/nation(s) involved as an attachment to the application or request additional time to do so by contacting Program Director to discuss.
  • Efforts that provide access to basic needs for individuals and families in New Mexico most impacted by COVID-19, including, but not limited to the following:
    • Communities of color.
    • Elders, seniors and individuals with comorbidity, or underlying health conditions.
    • Frontline, essential or hourly workers without basic benefits.
    • Indigenous communities.
    • LGBTQ+ and other vulnerable groups.
    • Lower-income workers.
    • Immigrants, refugees, and migrants regardless of immigration status.
    • Rural, frontier, border communities.
    • Persons struggling with mental illness and addictions.
    • Persons with sensory or physical impairments or disabilities.
    • Persons ineligible to receive federal or state assistance.
    • Persons impacted by homelessness.
    • Domestic violence, sex trafficking.
    • Veteran.
  • Applicant organization must have 501(c)(3) public charity status or an approved fiscal sponsor with 501(c)(3) status.


  • Priority will be given to requests that:
    • Demonstrates the capacity to distribute or assist in the distribution of basic needs resources or services to individuals and families in New Mexico most impacted by COVID-19.
    • Prioritize vulnerable communities and populations of New Mexico impacted by COVID-19.
    • Have a focus on improving the health of underserved residents of New Mexico negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
    • Identify and alleviate immediate basic needs and gaps of unserved and underserved populations negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
    • Reduce duplication through collaboration and coordination with others on COVID-19 efforts, distribution of basic needs, services and, whenever possible, efforts that align geographic areas or sectors (government, nonprofit, private/business).
    • Support an equitable recovery from COVID-19 through health equity strategies that address structural inequities resulting in health disparities.
    • Engage beneficiaries as leaders in the proposed work.
    • Increase capacity for stakeholders to leverage resources to address COVID-19 on a short term and long-term basis, including a stronger, more resilient health care safety net.
    • Clearly address the geographic reach of request.
    • Provide a clear association between COVID-19, proposed expenses and the desired outcomes.


  • No grant will be made to individuals, or to fund scholarships/fellowships, capital or endowment campaigns, annual fundraising campaigns, event sponsorships, debt liquidation, or clinical research.
  • No grant will be made to fund political campaigns, lobbying activities, or other activities prohibited by section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
  • No grant will be made to fund construction or renovation unless such expense is directly related to COVID-19 and does not exceed $5,000 per any one item.