With support from a $2.8 million grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and a $50,000 contribution from the Santa Fe Community Foundation’s Community Resiliency Fund, Con Alma Health Foundation recently awarded 16 grants totaling $1,204,100. These grants were awarded to nonprofits in New Mexico working on the ongoing healing and community rebuild related to the global pandemic. These grants (summarized below) were awarded in early January 2022 and will end in late December 2022.
In addition to sub-granting to nonprofits, Con Alma is working with the New Mexico Health Equity Partnership, an initiative at the Santa Fe Community Foundation, to expand the capacity of existing networks to address service gaps, leverage resources, and focus on long-term policies and system-change strategies that address health disparities and advance health equity.
In 2021 Con Alma awarded 27 grants (totaling $600,000) focused on promoting the equitable allocation, distribution, delivery, and access to Covid-19 vaccines. Sign up for email updates here on our Grant Cycle Information email list or text GRANTCYCLES to 22828.
We are honored to support our Community Rebuild Grant Recipients!
Community Rebuild Grant Recipients
- Casa de Salud ($100,000) to support a full-time nurse, implementation and transition to an electronic medical record tool for ideal team-based communication in the clinic as well as in the community, and the implementation and communication with New Mexico’s Health Information Exchange to best integrate Casa’s care plans with those of hospital and clinic systems around the state.
- Chainbreaker Collective ($50,000) to create long-term policy shifts to stabilize the neighborhoods most vulnerable to pandemic-related evictions. They will also organize low-income renters of color who have been disproportionately impacted by the Covid-19 crisis to develop and implement strategies and policies that lessen the likelihood of a mass eviction event in Santa Fe.
- El Valle Women’s Collaborative ($40,000) to model a Shared Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) food hub, expand mental health support, and policy work on land protections. This work includes increasing capacity to bring fresh food to neighbors, a culturally-appropriate behavioral health support structure, growth as a learning/organizing hub for BIPOC farmers and community allies, and agricultural policy advocacy.
- Española Public Schools ($100,000) to provide Northern New Mexico students – particularly students of color, low income, immigrant, and other underserved students – with equitable access to the supports, training, and credentials they need to obtain high-quality, regional healthcare jobs urgently needed to mitigate the added demands the pandemic has had on the communities’ health needs and the area’s healthcare workforce.
- Food Depot ($56,600) to expand services to tribal areas with an emphasis on traditional Indigenous food offerings/options. New food distribution partnerships will serve children and families in the communities of Ohkay Owingeh, Picuris, Pojoaque, San Ildefonso, Santa Clara, Taos, Nambe, Tesuque and the Jicarilla Apache Nation who have been disproportionally impacted by Covid-19.
- Generation Justice ($98,800) to expand the Narrative Shift Partnership of diverse, multisector groups across New Mexico working to engage youth, ages 13-25, in developing stories that deepens the understanding of Covid-19’s impact, share lessons, showcase promising innovations, transformative opportunities, insights and recommendations for healing and thriving post Covid-19.
- Health Action New Mexico ($100,000) to collaborate with cross sector organizations across three counties in Southern NM, including 60 colonias. This work will include local broadband planning and implementation, issues concerning youth who dropped out of school during the pandemic, and address health equity and rural health access issues for uninsured and underserved communities.
- National Indian Youth Leadership Development Project Inc ($50,000) to improve health equity for Native children, strengthen families’ food security, and increase Native control over agriculture and food systems. Reconnecting younger generations to traditional food culture and agricultural methods and conveying why these methods are critical to their community’s overall health and well-being, is a way to begin to restore what has been lost around traditional food systems and rebuild healthy Native communities post Covid-19.
- New Mexico Black Leadership Council ($100,000) to strengthen Black and other communities of color in post Covid-19 recovery with a focus on ‘building back better’ through the UpLift: Reimaging Black Communities in NM, a collaborative that provides help, resources, and information for people and communities to get through this difficult time with an eye to the future.
- New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty ($75,000) to engage collaborative advocacy focused on implementing healthcare coverage systems for all low-income residents and addressing inequities in public programs through legal research and analysis, legal representation, outreach and education, and strategic communications in support of program and policy changes that advance health and resource equity during and post Covid-19.
- New Mexico Immigrant Law Center ($100,000) to support targeted advocacy that will remove administrative barriers in Covid-19 safety nets for immigrants, to secure long term health and safety improvements for detained immigrants at extreme risk for Covid-19, and to build a new infrastructure that eliminates access barriers to eviction legal services based on immigration status.
- Ngage New Mexico ($100,000) to spearhead the development of a Kinder-Career Coalition to bridge the K-12, post-secondary, and career readiness sectors in Doña Ana County. As the state struggles to meet its legal obligations to provide an equitable education for all, communities can lead by developing equitable, culturally, and linguistically relevant solutions.
- NMCAN ($20,000) to collaborate with youth service providers on how to best support the specific needs of young people impacted disproportionally by Covid-19 and by foster care, juvenile justice, and homelessness. Additional advocacy work will focus on providing recommendations for statewide program and practice improvements informed by young people that include access to essential programs and resources such as TANF and expanding benefits for families most in need.
- Rio Grande Alcoholism Treatment Program ($50,000) to reimagine the substance abuse prevention/treatment landscape in northern New Mexico through a culturally relevant, pandemic informed, asset-based approach that acknowledges upstream factors affecting social determinants of health. This project will establish a multi-county/multi-sector steering committee with a focus on policy and systems change in the criminal justice system and other upstream strategies as a bridge to an equitable future.
- Somos Un Pueblo Unido ($100,000) to support a comprehensive economic justice and recovery project to address ongoing economic insecurity of low-income families. This broad reaching collaborative effort includes a two-year statewide Guaranteed Basic Income (GBI) pilot project, expansion of economic relief programs for households excluded from federal and state stimulus payments, and work to lift statutory and regulatory barriers for immigrant families to safety-net programs.
- Taos County Economic Development Corporation ($65,200) to bring back individuals who use Taos Kitchen (the only certified community commercial kitchen in the area) to support their families with local market food sales, small companies that wholesale nationally, and non-profits that produce meals and food boxes so the Kitchen’s vital services can continue to help the local economy during and beyond the pandemic.
- The Counseling Center ($100,000) for an Otero County multi partner collaboration to analyze existing assessments, update data, identify overlap, and prioritize county-wide intersectional solutions based on findings of a comprehensive Community Health Assessment completed in 2020. The project will help incorporate lessons from Covid-19 to rebuild local non-profits’ capacities by addressing sustainability and effectiveness, matching potential solutions with appropriate partners, and writing proposals to pursue funding opportunities.
- Truchas Services Center Inc. ($10,000) to upgrade and expand the playground for the Truchas Preschool, the only play area in the village, which serves the preschool when in session, the patrons of the Truchas Clinic, and provides equitable access and recreation opportunities in a Covid-19 safe and welcoming environment while uplifting community unity and hope.
- United South Broadway Corporation ($87,000) to identify racist systems-level policies and practices that negatively affect social determinants of health, and to forge a long-term network of anti-racist community and provider allies to develop specific policy proposals for post Covid-19 community rebuilding.
- United Way of Eastern New Mexico Inc ($98,100) to expand a Youth Success initiative in Curry and Roosevelt Counties by establishing a “100% Community” effort. The Community Rebuild funds will provide the seed money to launch this community-driven initiative and provide an “access” campaign, which helps raise awareness of the vital resources available, identify equity gaps and obstacles, and build bridges to services for those in need across Eastern New Mexico.