The W.K. Kellogg Foundation awarded a $500,000 grant to Con Alma Health Foundation to establish and manage the COVID-19 Relief for Immigrant Communities in New Mexico Fund, to provide direct assistance to New Mexicans who are immigrants and create awareness about the structural barriers to their well-being. Con Alma prioritized grants to immigrant-led organizations and requests that included collaboration and coordination with others on COVID-19 efforts to provide such basic needs as crisis intervention, food distribution, housing assistance, case management, civil rights and advocacy, and health care supplies and assistance.
COVID-19 Relief for Immigrant Communities, 42 grants awarded to 36 organizations (36 open grant cycle & 6 by invitation only totaling $622,000).
We congratulate the COVID-19 Relief for Immigrant Communities Grant Recipients!
Asian American Association of New Mexico ($10,000) to provide grocery cards and volunteer-driven delivery, language access, and outreach services to approximately 200 more Asian Pacific American families, primarily in central New Mexico, and rural areas
Casa de Peregrinos ($15,000) to distribute 200 food baskets with fresh produce, good sources of protein and essential staples to immigrant families in Sunland Park and the Anapra areas of southern Doña Ana County
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Las Cruces ($15,000) to provide direct assistance for food, housing, utilities and medical needs, including providing personal protective equipment to immigrants and migrant workers who have been adversely affected by the pandemic
Centro Sávila ($15,000) to enhance and expand culturally relevant, behavioral health services to uninsured Spanish-speaking immigrants in the South Valley and International District of Albuquerque, and link them to food and rental assistance
Colores United ($15,000) to offer food distributions, educational resources, and financial assistance for basic needs to Mexican, Iraqi, Somali and Syrian refugees in Luna County and surrounding areas
Community Action Agency of Southern New Mexico ($15,000) to replicate its emergency and recovery assistance program by providing low-to-moderate income immigrant individuals or households living in the Southern Colonias of New Mexico up to $1,000 for temporary housing
Compostela Community and Family Cultural Institute ($15,000) to offer culturally appropriate mental health and crisis intervention via wellness assessments; distribute meals and portable water; and provide case management and referral services to immigrant children and families in Taos County.
El Calvario United Methodist Church ($15,000) to provide immigrant families in Doña Ana County with emergency housing assistance, food distribution, crisis intervention and referrals, case management, free/low-cost legal services, public education programs, and advocacy support
El Centro de Igualdad y Derechios ($15,000) to provide direct economic relief to mixed-status families in Bernalillo County ineligible for unemployment benefits, paid sick leave, and/or federal stimulus, as well as to organize essential workers to advocate for statewide economic relief packages and make institutional changes that outlive the pandemic
Enlace Comunitario ($30,000)* towards the CRISIS project to stabilize the families of Latino immigrant survivors of domestic violence in Bernalillo, Sandoval and Valencia counties by assisting with moving expenses, rent, utilities, household items, food, and medicine
Esperanza Shelter Inc. ($15,000) to provide short-term rental, utility and food assistance to 75 immigrants in Santa Fe, prioritizing those who are undocumented and have less access to social services
Gerard’s House ($15,000) towards Nuestra Jornada (Our Journey) for financial assistance for rent, utilities and cultural food items, and provide casework to identify and address unmet needs of undocumented and mixed-status immigrant grieving families living in poverty in Santa Fe
Igbo Union of New Mexico, Inc. ($15,000) to distribute culturally appropriate food staples and housing expense assistance to African refugee families in Albuquerque
Justice Access Support and Solutions for Health dba Casa de Salud ($15,000) to support the purchase of personal protective equipment and medical equipment for patients to monitor symptoms at home, and for nursing staff to increase COVID-19 testing for immigrants in Bernalillo, Sandoval, and Valencia counties
La Plaza De Encuentro Gathering Place ($30,000)* to provide up to $500 for vital housing-related expenses to 60 South Valley Academy immigrant families in Albuquerque to strengthen family and housing stability for immigrant families with children
Las Cumbres Community Services ($15,000) to provide bilingual and bicultural case management services and rental and utility assistance to 20 immigrant families in Santa Fe and Rio Arriba counties; increase community awareness via social media; and co-host a COVID-19 testing clinic to increase access to confidential and free testing
LifeRoots ($7,500) to purchase digital technology and provide bilingual therapeutic services and case management to 10 low-income immigrant families in Albuquerque and Sandoval County to improve health outcomes and stability during the pandemic
Many Mothers ($15,000) towards the Babies’ Basic Needs and Navigation program to support a bilingual navigator to help immigrant families in Santa Fe and Rio Arriba counties access food, housing, utilities, parenting resources and other supplies
New Mexico Dream Team ($15,000) to ensure family stability by providing $500 cash cards to 24 undocumented or mixed-status immigrant families experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19 in Bernalillo, San Juan, San Miguel, Santa Fe or Taos counties
New Mexico Faith Coalition for Immigrant Justice ($15,000) for By Immigrants/For Immigrants Food Pantry, which distributes food products and supplies to refugees, immigrants, mixed-status families, and asylum seekers, International District and other areas of Albuquerque
New Mexico Immigrant Law Center ($15,000) to continue and expand COVID-19 response services in Bernalillo County and across the state, by providing direct assistance, and legal representation, information and advocacy for immigrants, including working to secure the release of immigrants held in detention centers
New Mexico Comunidades en Accion y de Fe – CAFé ($15,000) to provide relief to essential workers and their families who were not eligible for state and federal benefits, and work with partners to advocate for statewide economic relief for undocumented and mixed-status New Mexicans impacted by the pandemic
Partnership for Community Action ($15,000) to provide $500 stipends and zero-interest forgivable loans to immigrant families in Bernalillo County who are not eligible for unemployment or federal benefits, and work toward systemic changes in local and state policies on universal basic income, paid sick leave, and expansion of the working families tax credit
Play Sharity Foundation ($15,000) to hire a bilingual tutor to assist immigrant families in Luna County with their children’s homework and offer educational tools and resources to support their education and well-being
Rio Grande Education Collaborative ($10,000) to serve marginalized elementary and middle-school students in Bernalillo County by providing a full-day program that helps students complete their schooling and serves breakfast, lunch and supper
Santa Fe Dreamer’s Project ($10,000) to provide legal, mental health, crisis stabilization and other supportive services to undocumented immigrant individuals and families in the Santa Fe and Albuquerque areas at zero cost
Silver City Gospel Mission ($15,000) to provide food and clothing, household needs, work skills, ESL classes, and other English-speaking reading opportunities to immigrants in Grant County and surrounding areas who are unable to access federal and state resources
Somos Un Pueblo Unido ($65,000)* to work with advocacy partners to create a statewide emergency cash-assistance program for immigrant workers and families who are ineligible for federal relief, and advocate for local and state policies that would ensure access to government-sponsored economic assistance
Southern New Mexico Project, Inc. ($15,000) to expand its Emergency Food program that serves immigrant unemployed persons with families, single mothers with infants, seniors, people with disabilities, and married community college students in the southern Doña Ana County border region of Sunland Park
St. Felix Pantry, Inc. ($15,000) to provide immigrants in Sandoval County with food assistance and hire bilingual staff to ensure everyone is served and given the food required for their families
St. Luke’s Health Care Clinic dba Amador Health Center ($15,000) for care packages and 6,000 face coverings, COVID-19 testing, wellness checkups, behavioral health counseling, flu vaccinations, and resources to immigrants and agricultural workers living in the Las Cruces area
Taos Immigrant Allies ($15,000) to keep the nine “Little Free Pantries” in immigrant neighborhoods clean and stocked with healthy food and necessities and to provide immigrants in Taos with $100 food gift cards and cash assistance of $250-300 per month for rent and utilities
The Human Body Shop ($15,000) towards Placitas, an initiative to provide culturally relevant behavioral health and crisis case management to immigrant communities in Bernalillo County, regardless of their ability to pay or immigration status
The Regents of the University of New Mexico ($15,000) to fabricate and distribute masks, food, and face shields to immigrants, and to share important knowledge about COVID-19 to decrease the spread of the virus in Bernalillo County and surrounding communities
United Way of Eddy County ($15,000) to offer 10 online, bilingual sessions s that provide Spanish speaking immigrant children and their families in Eddy and Lea counties the tools to assist with depression and anxiety
University of New Mexico College of Education and Human Sciences ($15,000) to expand the Comadre Program’s assistance with finances, education, food insecurity and access to health care, to 200 immigrant women in Bernalillo, Sandoval, and Valencia counties who don’t qualify for federal programs.
Valencia Shelter for Domestic Violence ($9,500) to provide survivors of violence and their caregivers in Valencia, Torrance, and Socorro counties access to online services, including telephonic court hearings, virtual sessions with advocates and therapists, and access to online schooling in their primary language
Vizionz-Sankofa ($15,000) to provide services to refugees and immigrants in the greater metro Albuquerque area, including rental and food assistance, access to state and federal benefits, English and computer classes, and case management for families that test positive for COVID-19
*Organizations receiving multiple grants for the same purpose are combined into one description.
Funding Partners: Con Alma Health Foundation | W.K. Kellogg Foundation | Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Annie E. Casey Foundation | Hispanic Federation | Hispanics In Philanthropy | Santa Fe Community Foundation | Thornburg Foundation | Doris Goodwin Walbridge Foundation | New Mexico Foundation | Jewish Federation of New Mexico| National Latino Behavioral Association | NewMexicoWomen.Org | Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico | Grant County Community Foundation
Community Partner: New Mexico Association of Grantmakers