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Early Opportunities Initiative

Grants to New Mexico Nonprofits, Tribes, and
Agencies for Early Childhood Programs

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Brindle Foundation

Deadline Date:

09/14/18 Midnight


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Grants to New Mexico nonprofits and government and tribal entities to benefit babies ages prenatal to three, young children, and their families, with a strong emphasis on programs for underserved populations. Program areas include services for babies and families, early childhood policy and advocacy, and higher education for the early childhood sector. Challenge, matching, project and operating grants, as well as multi-year awards are considered and collaborative efforts between two or more organizations are strongly encouraged.

The Foundation believes every baby deserves an equal opportunity for a great start in life and the Foundation seeks to help New Mexico become a better place where all babies and families thrive. Research shows most brain development occurs within the first three years of life; there is a narrow window of opportunity to create a solid foundation for future health and well-being. New Mexico is also a place where diverse and deep cultural heritages are celebrated. As such, the Foundation seeks to support organizations and strategies with these same values, goals, and understanding. The Foundation looks for high-quality programs that are well-researched, evidence-based and effectively implemented. The Foundation also is willing to consider proposals for innovative approaches and pilot projects – out-of-the sandbox thinking – provided that there is considerable time given for background research and thoughtful project development.

Brindle Foundation is focusing on three areas in the Early Opportunities Initiative:

Services for Babies and their Families:

Geographic Focus: New Mexico Counties of Santa Fe, San Miguel, Mora, Rio Arriba and Taos

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 that may best advance its outcome goal of 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/infant healthcare, parent education, child care, etc.

Promotion of Early Childhood Policy, Advocacy & Initiatives:

Geographic Focus: New Mexico statewide

Grants that support organizations engaged in local or statewide early childhood advocacy, policy development, and awareness campaigns. This may also include initiatives spotlighting general or specific aspects of early childhood best practice that are replicable and can be brought to scale.

Higher Education Early Childhood Programs:

Geographic Focus: New Mexico not-for-profit colleges and universities

‍Grants that support the teaching and best practice of infant and early childhood development in higher education institutions. While the Foundation is still developing an understanding of different models to impact, it sees particular opportunity in the ability of higher education to produce system-level changes in the state's early childhood sector. This may be through a variety of means, including expanding and deepening the quality of New Mexico's early childhood workforce, developing model programs, or building leadership or early childhood organization capacity.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 171932

Estimated Size of Grant:

In most cases, the limit for a first-time grant is $15,000. Exceptions may be made for certain policy and advocacy initiatives or work in the higher education arena.

Term of Contract:

Requests for multi-year awards will be considered.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grants are made to organizations in New Mexico. Please note that geographic eligibility varies according to program area.

Eligibility Requirements:

-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 tribal government entity.

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

-The Foundation will only support organizations that have a comprehensive policy of non-discrimination applying to employees, volunteers, and services, and that has been endorsed and approved by the organization's board of directors. Organizations applying for first-time funding are required to submit a written policy signed by the board chair and executive director. Guidelines for the nondiscrimination statement may be found here:

Pre-Application Information:

Challenge, matching, project and operating grants, as well as multi-year awards are considered and collaborative efforts between two or more organizations are strongly encouraged.

2018 Grantmaking Calendar:
-July 16: Application portal opens for submission of grant proposals
-Sept. 14: Applications due by midnight
-Sept. - Oct.: Application review, site visits and communications with applicants
-Nov. 5: Beginning of grant award announcements

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Application Portal:

Kim Straus, Foundation Manager

Brindle Foundation ​
P.O. Box 31696
Santa Fe, NM 87594​

Telephone/Fax: (505) 986-3983

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New Mexico