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

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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