Spring 2024 Orleans Parish Program Quality 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 Program Quality ECHO Grant! See below grant parameters, timeline, and more.

Spring 2024 Orleans Parish Program Quality ECHO Grant

Applications for this grant are currently being evaluated.

The Spring 2024 Orleans Parish Program Quality ECHO Grant, designed to elevate program quality in eligible Orleans Parish ECE programs. This grant, made possible by the Early Childhood Education Fund and the State General Fund, offers vital financial relief to improve program quality directly.

We anticipate the standard individual grant amount will be at least $3,500, however, applicants may receive additional funding depending on the number of eligible sites that take advantage of this opportunity.

Applications for the grant should be submitted online via the Foundant Grant Management System by 11:59 p.m. on May 3, 2024. A PDF of the application can be found here.

All eligible sites are encouraged to apply and will receive some funding if a complete application for an approved use of funds is submitted.

See additional grant details, including eligibility and more detail on permitted uses below.

Apply for the Spring 2024 Orleans Parish Program Quality ECHO Grant 


Contact the ECHO Team at echofund@agendaforchildren.org. Support is available during our regularly scheduled hours of operation (M-F, 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM). An informational webinar for applicants will be held on April 30, 2024 at noon. Here’s the zoom link for the webinar. The webinar slides will be posted here for reference on May 1, 2024.

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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