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COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Project 05/28/2020

Con Alma Health Foundation will distribute funds to New Mexico nonprofits that are providing basic needs, including health care, food distribution, emergency housing and financial aid, to people most impacted by COVID-19. We will award grants on an expedited, rolling basis starting Tuesday, June 2nd to help vulnerable populations receive the care and support they need.

“Some of our populations in New Mexico have been disproportionately harmed by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Dolores E. Roybal, Con Alma’s executive director. “We hope our grants will address short-term needs for communities facing daunting health challenges as well as strategies for an equitable recovery.”

To apply for grants, visit our COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Opportunities page: http://conalma.org/grantmaking/covid-19-emergency-assistance-opportunities/

Grants will range from $7,500 to $20,000.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation awarded a $1 million grant to Con Alma Health Foundation as part of its $50 million humanitarian aid to support families and communities experiencing the greatest strain under the COVID-19 health emergency.

In addition to the grant awards to nonprofits, Con Alma will collaborate with the New Mexico Health Equity Partnership, an initiative at the Santa Fe Community Foundation, to collaborate with others working on COVID-19 recovery efforts to:

  • Leverage resources
  • Prevent duplication of efforts and services
  • Identify and address underserved needs
  • Create a plan for the equitable recovery from COVID-19 that focuses on long-term policy and system change strategies that address health disparities and advance health equity

“We will use our experience as an equity foundation and tap into the networks we’ve developed over the years to consider what we can learn from this experience and how can we can advance health equity, strengthen our infrastructure and our fragile safety net so all of our populations can be better prepared for  any crisis,” Roybal said.

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In light of the evolving public health emergency due to COVID-19, Con Alma Health Foundation is taking a number of steps in an attempt to minimize exposure and slow the projected spread of infection. Effective, Wednesday, March 11, 2020, and until further notice, Con Alma is suspending all in-person meetings at the Con Alma office. In the interim, all staff are working remotely and can be reached via email or other means as arranged.
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