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CAHF: COVID-19 Immigrant Community Assistance Grant

Con Alma Health Foundation

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Deadline: The deadline for this grant has passed

Grant amount: US $7,500 - US $15,000

Fields of work: Immigrant Services

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Training / Capacity Building, Education / Outreach, Project / Program

Location of project: New Mexico

Location of residency: United States

About this funder:



COVID-19 Relief for Immigrant Communities in New Mexico

Con Alma Health Foundation was awarded a $500,000 dollar grant from the W. K Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) to establish and manage a fund providing direct assistance to New Mexicans who are immigrants affected by the COVID-19 pandemic; and to create awareness about the structural barriers to their wellbeing. Con Alma will establish an advisory committee with diverse stakeholder representation to help guide the project.

Immigrants are a crucial part of our state’s (and country’s) economy and provide significant contributions to our society in numerous ways. Immigrants are highly represented in essential health and frontline industries across New Mexico. Many of these jobs are deemed “essential” during the pandemic yet often do not receive essential benefits, which directly impacts the ability of these immigrant workers to take care of their children and families.

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.

Focus of Grants

  • Provide direct assistance to New Mexicans who are immigrants, affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, but unable to access federal and state relief.
  • Increase awareness about the structural barriers to the well-being of immigrants and the immigrant community in New Mexico.
  • Support an increased capacity of stakeholders to mobilize and advocate for the immigrant community, especially children and families in New Mexico.

Examples of basic needs and/or services that can be provided through this funding opportunity as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic may include, but are not limited to:

  • HEALTH CARE: health care equipment & supplies, medical assistance, preventive health
  • FOOD DISTRIBUTION (including potable water) & MEAL DISTRIBUTION
  • CIVIL RIGHTS, SOCIAL ACTION & ADVOCACY: ensuring equitable access to essential humanitarian basic aid, benefits, cultural and language needs

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


  • Applicant organization must have 501(c)(3) public charity status or an approved fiscal sponsor with 501(c)(3) status.
  • Fiscal Sponsor fees are capped at 10% of grant award.
  • Administrative fees are capped at 10% of grant award.
  • The grant must benefit people living in New Mexico.
  • This grant opportunity is open to all eligible applicants (based on the guidelines outlined) as well as to current and past Con Alma and/or the Northern New Mexico Health Grants Group grantees.
  • Applicants to this grant opportunity are eligible to apply for other CAHF funding.


  • Priority will be given to Immigrant-led organizations and requests that:
    • Demonstrate the capacity to assist in or distribute basic needs resources or services to immigrants living in New Mexico who have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
    • Prioritize underserved immigrant communities and areas in New Mexico (including Colonias, border, metro/neighborhoods, rural, and frontier)
    • 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).
    • Increase capacity for stakeholders to leverage resources to address COVID-19 on a short-term and long-term basis to create awareness about the structural barriers to immigrant’s wellbeing.


  • 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.


This page was last reviewed August 16, 2020 and last updated July 28, 2020