Brindle Foundation: Early Opportunities Initiative
The Brindle Foundation is committed to supporting babies prenatal to age three and their families in New Mexico, with particular emphasis on underserved populations. The Foundation looks for high quality programs that are well-researched, evidence-based, and effectively implemented. It is also 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.
The Foundation’s Early Opportunities Initiative grants is focused on three areas:
- Promotion of early childhood policy, advocacy, and initiatives (Geographic focus: New Mexico statewide). Grants 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.
- Services for babies and their families (Geographic focus: Santa Fe, San Miguel, Mora, Rio Arriba, and Taos counties). Grants for direct services providers 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 the 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.
- Higher Education Early Childhood Programs (Geographic focus: New Mexico nonprofit colleges and universities). Grants 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.
Amount: Grants of up to $15,000 are typically awarded to organizations that have not received prior funding from the Foundation. Exceptions may be made for certain policy and advocacy initiatives or work in the higher education arena.
Eligibility: Tax-exempt nonprofit organizations, organizations that have a fiscal sponsor, or government or tribal government entities. Organizations must fit within geographic focus areas specified in the initiatives detailed above.
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