Brindle Foundation: Early Opportunities Initiative – Strengthening Early Childhood Systems in New Mexico
The Brindle Foundation is committed to supporting babies prenatal to 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 also will 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 Early Opportunities Initiative’s focus on Strengthening Early Childhood Systems in New Mexico targets one or more of the following areas:
- Advocacy or policy: Grants that support organizations engaged in local or statewide early childhood advocacy, policy development, and awareness campaigns that will benefit our youngest and most vulnerable.
- Innovation: Grants that will attempt to meet critical early childhood needs in new or catalytic ways. The current crises of the Covid-19 pandemic, the economic downturn, and civil unrest demand creative thinking and innovative approaches.
- 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 that address the needs of the youngest New Mexicans and their families by bringing together and benefitting from collaboration and shared resources.
- 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, building leadership and capacity.
Amount: In most cases, the limit for a first-time grant is $15,000. Exceptions may be made for larger initiatives.
Eligibility: Nonprofit organizations, organizations that have a fiscal sponsor, and government or tribal government entities. 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.
The geographic focus of the geographic focus of the Strengthening Early Childhood Systems is New Mexico statewide.
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