General Grant Guidelines
In keeping with our mission, we strive to make the grant application process simple and learn what we can through direct communication with our grantees. We value everyone's time, so we ask if you have questions about whether your organization qualifies for a Brindle grant or if you wish to discuss specific ideas, please contact Mary Nell (Executive Director) with questions or to request a brief phone call.

The following are our key funding guidelines:
  • Proposals are accepted in response to specific Requests for Proposals and via our online portal (the login portion of this website).
  • At this time, our funding is focused predominantly on our Early Opportunities Initiative in New Mexico.
  • Grants generally are given for a one-year period towards projects or programs; multiyear, challenge, or matching grants will also be considered. Collaborative efforts between two or more organizations are encouraged.
  • In most cases, the limit for a first-time grant is $15,000. Exceptions may be made for larger initiatives.
  • All grantees are expected to provide updates and share learnings. Specifically, an interim conversation with the Executive Director or a brief written report is requested within the first six months of receipt of funds, as well as a final written report within three months of the end of the grant period.
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.
  • We do 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.
Learning shapes and colors at the Early Childhood and Family Center at the University of New Mexico-Gallup
Early Opportunities Initiative - 2020 Guidelines
Brindle Foundation is committed to supporting babies prenatal to three and their families in New Mexico, with particular emphasis on underserved populations.

We believe every baby deserves an equal opportunity for a great start in life and we seek 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 we celebrate diverse and deep cultural heritages. As such, we seek to support organizations and strategies with these same values, goals and understanding. We look for high quality programs that are well-researched, evidence-based and effectively implemented. We also are 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 the following areas in our 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. We seek programs to advance the well-being of infants and toddlers (and of underserved populations in particular). We recognize the broad range of approaches this may include, such as home visitation, maternal and infant healthcare, parent education, child care, etc.

Strengthening Early Childhood Systems in New Mexico
Geographic Focus: New Mexico statewide

By one or more of the following means:

(A) Through 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.

(B) Through 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.

(C) 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 that address the needs of the youngest New Mexicans and their families by bringing together and benefitting from collaboration and shared resources.

(D) 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, building leadership and capacity.

In a program empowering teen moms, a Mother Tongue Project student reads her essay along with an admiring onlooker.

2020 Grantmaking Calendar    

August 24th
Portal opens for submission of grant proposals
September 23rd
Proposals due by 5 PM, MDT
Proposal review,
(possible) site visits, and communications with applicants
Mid November
Beginning of grant award announcements

Grant History
Brindle’s Early Opportunities Initiative represents majority of the foundation’s grantmaking, which is distributed across a range of program types. See below for this breakdown and grants lists for the last three years.

We also award a small portion of discretionary grants outside of our early childhood focus. Some of these complement our passion for babies; others reflect long-standing interests of the family, such as social justice and protection of our natural environment.
Technical Assistance Grants
Supplementary to our annual grantmaking, and to help in building vital organizational capacity and infrastructure, small technical assistance grants are available for organizational enhancement, professional development and other capacity building needs.

This support is generally reserved exclusively for existing grantees towards their own purposes with some exceptions within the scope of our Early Childhood Initiative. To apply for a technical assistance grant, send an email with your request to An acknowledgement email will be sent. Requests are reviewed by the Board during monthly meetings and may take up to 4 weeks to process.
See Brindle Fund Grants for 2019