Small Grants for Bet­ter Health

Catron Courier - - Opinions & Editorials -

Con Alma Health Foun­da­tion is of­fer­ing small grants (up to $15,000) to help New Mex­ico com­mu­nity or­ga­ni­za­tions change health sys­tems to pro­mote health eq­uity. Small Grant projects may serve any geo­graphic area within New Mex­ico.

Ap­pli­ca­tions that fo­cus on mak­ing health-re­lated sys­tems more ac­ces­si­ble and ca­pa­ble of meet­ing the needs of di­verse com­mu­ni­ties (es­pe­cially those un­der­served are highly re­garded. Projects that in­volve col­lab­o­ra­tion—par­tic­u­larly mul­ti­sec­tor col­lab­o­ra­tion (public and pri­vate, for-profit and non -profit, mul­ti­ple providers/ ser­vices, etc.) are also highly re­garded. Projects with fund­ing (in­clud­ing in-kind) from mul­ti­ple sources are gen­er­ally pre­ferred.

Small Grants are not awarded to projects fo­cus­ing on di­rect ser­vices. How­ever, or­ga­ni­za­tions that pro­vide di­rect ser­vices and also pro­mote sys­temic change through their work can ap­ply. Ap­pli­ca­tions that fo­cus on th­ese as­pects, and ad­dress­ing how their work af­fects health sys­tems in New Mex­ico, may be com­pet­i­tive.

Ap­pli­cants must com­ply with all fund­ing re­quire­ments and re­stric­tions:

Ap­pli­cants 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 in or ben­e­fit the peo­ple 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.

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 IRS 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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