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Grants to New Mexico Nonprofits, Government, and Tribal Entities for Programs to Benefit Babies and Toddlers

Early Childhood Initiative


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Geographic Focus
USA: New Mexico

Important Dates
Deadline: 09/20/23 5:00 PM MDT Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $15,000 to New Mexico nonprofit organizations and government and tribal entities for projects and programs benefitting babies and toddlers from prenatal to age 3. Funding is intended for programs within a range of focus areas including services to babies and their families and improving early childhood systems across the state. Brindle has a particular interest in underserved populations and equity. Collaborative efforts between two or more organizations are encouraged.

Brindle Foundation has two funding streams: one for direct services in six counties and tribal lands in NM and one for systems strengthening statewide:

Services for Babies and their Families

Geography: Services must be in one of the following counties: Santa Fe, Sandoval, San Miguel, Mora, Rio Arriba, Taos or tribal lands in New Mexico

Grants for providers of direct services that benefit babies and toddlers prenatal to age three and their families or local collaborations around the delivery of early childhood services.  The Foundation seeks programs to advance the well-being of infants and toddlers (and of underserved populations in particular). The Foundation recognizes the broad range of approaches this may include, such as home visitation, prenatal support, maternal/infant healthcare, parent education, early childhood development, etc.

Strengthening Early Childhood Systems in New Mexico

Geographic Focus: New Mexico statewide

By one or more of the following means:

  1. Through advocacy or policy: Grants that support organizations engaged in local or statewide early childhood advocacy, policy development, and awareness campaigns that will benefit the youngest and most vulnerable.
  2. Through innovation: Grants that will attempt to meet critical early childhood needs in new or catalytic ways. The crises of the ongoing pandemic,  inflation, the impact of climate change, and civil unrest demand creative thinking and innovative approaches. Brindle seeks innovative strategies for systems strengthening that have the potential for impact statewide.
  3. Through coordination and collaboration: Grants that foster partnerships, coalitions, or networks (or other mechanisms) to increase efficiency and effectiveness. The emphasis of these grants is to improve systems and collaborations that address the needs of the youngest New Mexicans and their families by working together and/or using shared resources.
  4. Through higher education programs: ‍Grants that promote higher education to impact system-level changes in the state’s early childhood sector. Opportunities include expanding the quality of New Mexico’s infant and toddler care workforce, excellence in teaching, lab schools, model programs, research, and building leadership and capacity.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Grants are only made to organizations recognized as nonprofit by the IRS, that have a fiscal sponsor classified as such, or are a government or other tribal nonprofit entity.

The Foundation will only support organizations whose boards have passed a comprehensive policy of non-discrimination applying to employees, volunteers, and services.

The Foundation does not fund grants to individuals, for religious purposes, or for political activity.

Pre-Application Information
2023 Grantmaking Calendar
- August 30: Portal opens for submission of grant proposals
- September 20: Proposals due by 5 PM, MDT
- Early December: Grant award announcements, funds dispersed

Estimated Size of Grant
In most cases, the limit for a first-time grant is $15,000. Exceptions may be made for larger initiatives.

Term of Contract
Grants generally are given for a one-year period. Multiyear grants will also be considered.

Contact Information
Apply Online:

Contact Mary Nell, Brindle’s Executive Director, at with questions or to request a brief phone call.

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