Con Alma Health Foundation: Small Grant

Con Alma Health Foundation

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

Anticipated deadline: May 30, 2019

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Applied Project / Program, General Operating Expense

Location of project: New Mexico

Location of residency: United States

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Small Grants

Con Alma Health Foundation has one Small Grant cycle per year. Due to the large number of requests, a first selection is made in the summer. Those selected for additional review will receive a site visit from our Community Advisory Committee members and/or Foundation staff. The Grantmaking Committee will review the first selection of applicants and will recommend some of those applicants for a grant. The Board of Trustees will make the final approval on those recommendations. Throughout the review process staff, Community Advisory Committee members and the Grantmaking Committee use a thoughtful and conscientious process of screening to ensure

  • cultural and geographical representation and
  • priority areas and issues are represented.

To ensure statewide representation, the Foundation separates organizations into 5 geographic regions. A “6th Region” includes proposals covering the entire state. Each grant cycle, we ensure that there is representation from all 6 Regions. We are actively trying to increase proposals from rural areas and underrepresented regions, where resources are scarcer.

As there are several priority areas and issues affecting New Mexico, the Foundation strives to cover as many as possible and lays emphasis on those that have the greatest potential to make the biggest impact within their communities. You can find more information on our grant making priorities by viewing our 2012 report on “Health Equity: A Roadmap for Grantmaking and Beyond.”

The majority of proposals we receive each year are fund worthy. However, final decisions are made based on regional, cultural and issue representation as well as the amount available in a given year.

Small Grant Cycle

Small grants are awarded to empower New Mexico community organizations to change health-related systems and promote health equity. Small Grant Cycle 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

Small Grant applications are accepted in support of a specific program/project, an initiative or general operations in support of an organization’s overall mission. Small Grant awards may address any geographic area within the state of New Mexico.

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


  • No funding will be awarded to applicants who do not meet these requirements: 
    • Grantees must be recognized by the IRS as a 501 (c) 3 tax exempt organization. If you are not a 501 (c) 3 you may apply using 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. This letter must accompany your grant application.


  • Small grant funding priorities: Projects, initiatives or organization’s that address and demonstrate the following are highly compelling:
    • Focus on making healthrelated systems more accessible, responsive, and capable of meeting the needs of NM’s diverse communities (especially those underserved by systems as they currently operate).
    • Address how their work affects health systems in NM.
    • Involve collaborative efforts—particularly multisector collaboration (public and private, for-profit and non-profit, multiple providers/services, etc.).
    • Show funding support (including in-kind) from multiple sources.


  • Small Grants are not awarded to projects/programs, initiatives or organization’s for direct services.
    • However many organizations that provide direct services also promote systemic change through their work.
  • No funding will be awarded to applicants who do not comply with these restrictions: 
    • No grants may be made to individuals and/or for scholarships and fellowships.
    • Con Alma grants may not be used to fund lobbying activities or other activities prohibited under section 502 (c ) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code. 
    • Grant funds may not be used for capital purposes, construction or renovation, or for the purchase of property and equipment at more than $5,000 per item. 
    • Grants may not be used for annual fund raising campaigns, political campaigns, endowments, event sponsorships, clinical research, or direct financial subsidy of health services to individuals or groups.

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