Spring 2024 Orleans Parish Health & Safety ECHO 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.

Since 2018, the Early Childhood Opportunity (ECHO) Fund has enhanced early childhood education by providing over 1,000 grants totaling more than $ 8.8 million. Our ongoing commitment is to increase access, foster ingenuity, and elevate the quality of early learning in the region.


Agenda for Children is excited to announce the launch of an exciting new grant opportunity, the Spring 2024 Orleans Parish Health & Safety ECHO Grant! See below grant parameters, timeline, and more.

Spring 2024 Orleans Parish Health & Safety ECHO Grant

We are pleased to announce the Spring 2024 Orleans Parish Health & Safety ECHO Grant, designed to support early childhood providers dealing with certain health and safety requirements by providing funds to ensure continuous service to children and families and compliance. This grant is made possible by funding from the New Orleans Early Childhood Millage. 

This opportunity provides financial support to address potential or actual infractions for specific health and safety requirements and enhance proactive compliance. Eligible providers can receive financial assistance for repairs or replacements for requirements that affect children’s health and safety, preventing facility closure. Grant requests must be directly connected to Bulletin 137 Health, Safety and EnvironmentFire Marshal, and/or Department of Public Health Sanitation requirements for early childhood providers.

The following provider types in Orleans Parish will be considered for this opportunity:

  • Family Childcare Centers (FCCs) with Academic Approval 
  • Type III Early Learning Sites

Applications for the grant should be submitted online via the Foundant Grant Management System by May 24, 2024 at 5:00 p.m. Please print and review the grant application PDF before applying.

See additional grant details and resources below.

Apply for the Spring 2024 Orleans Parish Health & Safety ECHO Grant 

Questions?

All communications regarding this grant should be directed to the ECHO Team at echofund@agendaforchildren.org. Support is available Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

Additional Resources

Grant FAQs

Grant FAQs

A child-friendly space, as defined by this grant, has the following essential components:
- The space is inviting, engaging, and safe for children
- Children can participate in organized and free play, socialize, and express themselves.
- The space should offer many opportunities to gather in both small and large groups for collaborative work
- Features interest areas that promote cognitive, social and physical development at developmentally appropriate (a variety of) levels. Ideally, areas offer minimal disruptions to encourage concentration and persistence of a task or exploration
- Incorporation of items and materials that foster independence

Grants of up to $50K to community partners for establishing and/or expanding child-friendly spaces in New Orleans. Additional funding beyond $50K may be awarded for exceptionally compelling proposals with strong justification. Projects and proposals of all sizes are encouraged to apply for this opportunity.

No. Only organizations located in Orleans Parish and serving the residents of Orleans Parish are eligible for this grant opportunity.

All steps in the application process for the ECHO KidSpace Grant must be completed and submitted via Foundant, Agenda for Children's Grant Managment System.

he ECHO KidSpace Grant supports expenditures that directly contribute to the development, enhancement, or maintenance of safe, engaging, and inclusive environments for children.

The primary focus of proposals should include features such as:
-Play equipment (ex. swings and slides)
-Interactive installations geared toward children
-Educational and creative play features
-Child-sized furniture
- Breastfeeding accommodations

Applicants may also request funding for the following within grant proposals to enhance currently existing or proposed child-friendly spaces:
-Landscape design
-Accessibility enhancements, such as wheelchair ramps and sensory-friendly equipment
-Security measures such as fencing, certifications, and surfacing materials
-Engagement with community to understand and incorporate their specific requirements and preferences in design

The Letter of Intent Form must be completed and submitted before Friday, July 16, 2024 by 5:00 pm via Foundant.
The full Application must be completed and submitted Friday, July 23, 2024 by 5:00 pm via Foundant.

Yes. The letter of intent and application PDF can be found here.

  1. Carefully review the grant overview to ensure your organization and request are eligible.
  2. Review the Letter of Intent Form and Application PDF to prepare your responses and documents before applying via Foundant.
  3. Prepare a project budget with a detailed list of proposed expenditures. Collect formal quotes/estimates from all proposed vendors for products and services to support your project.

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

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

Contact our team at echofund@agendaforchildren.org. Support is available during our regularly scheduled hours of operation (Monday-Friday, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM).

Agenda for Children’s ECHO Grant Team posted an informational webinar for this opportunity on our webpage.

One-on-one support for applicants is available by appointment. Please book your appointment using Calendly here

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