Fall 2023 ECHO Fund Quality Grant | Agenda for Children

ECHO Fund Grants

The Early Childhood Opportunity (ECHO) Fund is an innovative grant program that seeks to increase access to high-quality early care and education for Louisiana children, birth through age four, by directly funding child care programs and the nonprofits that serve them.


Agenda for Children is excited to announce the launch of our Fall 2023 ECHO Fund Quality Grant! See below grant parameters, timeline, and more.

Fall 2023 ECHO Fund Quality Grant

The Fall 2023 ECHO Fund Quality Grant, made possible through the Kellogg Foundation and United Way of Southeast Louisiana, intends to support Family Child Care Centers (FCCs) with Academic Approval and licensed Type III early care and education (ECE) programs in their efforts to address program quality through direct, one-time financial relief grants.

The ECHO Fund Quality Grant will provide awards of at least $1,500 to assist Family Child Care Centers (FCCs) with Academic Approval and licensed Type III ECE programs in Assumption, Lafourche, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. James, St. John, St. Tammany, Terrebonne and Washington parishes that are open and operating as of September 1st, 2023. Jefferson Parish 501(c)(3), Type III centers that are not located within a K-12 school are also eligible to apply. Grants are designed to support programs in improving their program quality.

All eligible providers are strongly encouraged to apply. All eligible sites that apply will receive some level of funding, provided they submit a full and complete application requesting one of the approved uses of funds.

Further grant information, such as additional eligibility requirements, application materials, grant priorities, and more are outlined below.

 

Apply for the Fall 2023 Quality Grant

 

 

Questions?

Contact the ECHO Team at echofund@agendaforchildren.org. Support is available during our regularly scheduled hours of operation (M-F, 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM).

Grant FAQs

Grant FAQs

Our application portal opened on May 6, 2024 and will close at 5:00 pm on May 24, 2024.

  1. Review grant overview to ensure your site and request are eligible
  2. Review the application PDF to prepare your responses
  3. Create a detailed list of requested purchases
    1. Create screenshots of desired items
    2. All repairs and/or applicable services made using grant funds must be made through an appropriately-licensed contractor. Type III providers should engage only "commercial" contractors. FCCs may engage either residential or home-improvement contractors. If the repair is for a specialty trade like mechanical (gas or HVAC), electrical, or plumbing repairs, the contractor must be licensed for that specific trade. To search for licensed contractors or to find out if your contractor has the appropriate license, please go to LSLBC's website.

Yes. If you encounter any issues accessing your application, please contact echofund@agendaforchildren.org for assistance.

No. Please check back for future grant opportunities.

No. Only providers located in Orleans Parish are eligible for this grant opportunity.

No. Sites other than those listed in eligibility criteria do not qualify to apply for this particular opportunity. Please stay tuned for new grant opportunities later this year.

Sites will not be disqualified due to receiving any type of EHS or HS funding (including Private Type III Centers who receive EHS/HS seats).

No, providers may not submit one application to apply for funds for multiple centers. Providers who operate multiple sites must fill out an individual application for each site they operate. But there are special instructions that can be followed to copy information in the first application to the next. If you have difficulty with this, please contact us for support at echofund@agendaforchildren.org.

Applicants may easily edit their application at any time before the respective application due date and before submission. Once the application closes, edits will no longer be accepted. Contact ECHOfund@agendaforchildren.org if you find that you need to make edits to your submitted application before May 24, 2024.

Contact our team at echofund@agendaforchildren.org. Support is available during our regularly scheduled hours of operation (M-F, 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM).

Agenda for Children’s ECHO Grant Team will host an informational webinar for this opportunity on Tuesday, May 14, 2024 at noon. Zoom Link.  

Office hours for this grant are scheduled for May 16, 2024, by appointment. We will provide one-on-one support. Please book your appointment using Calendly here

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