Con Alma Health Foundation

OVERVIEW: This is the largest funder solely dedicated to health in New Mexico. CAHF is a health legacy foundation that awards small grants, technical assistance grants, and multiyear grants.

FUNDING AREAS: Health in New Mexico

IP TAKE: CAHF likes to support each region of New Mexico pretty equally, so there are good opportunities for rural areas with limited resources.

PROFILE: The Con Alma Health Foundation (CAHF) is committed to health needs in New Mexico and is the largest foundation solely dedicated to health in the state. This health legacy foundation was formed in 2001 after the sale of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico. The Northern New Mexico Health Grants Group is part of CAHF and was formed by the sale of the Los Alamos Medical Center in 2002.

CAHF addresses all aspects of health, including physical, mental, emotional, social, oral/dental, environmental, economic, and spiritual. In its most recent strategic plan, the foundation outlined its ideas for healthcare reform and its effects on local government and nonprofit sectors. Only nonprofits that serve the people of New Mexico are eligible for grants, with special emphasis on rural, tribal, and culturally diverse communities.

In a recent grant cycle to address policy and access needs for health equity, CAHF awarded four multiyear grants totaling $200,000, 15 small grants totaling $175,000, and 13 technical assistance grants totaling $100,000. It also awarded 14 Northern New Mexico Health Grants Group grants for Los Alamos, Rio Arriba, and northern Santa Fe counties totaling $150,000. These grants do not go to groups in the city of Santa Fe, but to the towns and pueblos north of the city. The yearly total overall was 46 grants totaling $625,000.

Pre-proposal regional workshops and webinars for grantseekers are offered each year. Multiyear grants are typically up to $50,000 for up to three years; such grants have gone recently to Generation Justice, Santa Fe Community College, and New Mexico Voices for Children. Since its inception, this foundation has given over $10 million for the health needs and rights of people in New Mexico. Review annual reports here.

CAHF also convenes groups for health-related discussion, collaboration with other funders, the leveraging of resources to increase government capacity, and for support of policy changes. The foundation regularly releases reports, including one that addressed how the ACA has been implemented in New Mexico, and interactive maps to highlight key health and other data about New Mexicans. 

The foundation is staffed by Executive Director Dolores E. Roybal, Program Director Nelsy Dominguez, and others. General questions can be directed to staff@conalma.org or 505-438-0776. Keep up with foundation news and events here. There’s also a mailing list that you can sign up for to receive grant-related communications.

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