Agenda for Children

ECHO Fund

 

 

 

 

 

 

CURRENT GRANT OPPORTUNITY:

Round 2 of the Fall 2020 New Orleans ECHO Fund Community Recovery Grant

 

Overview of the ECHO Fund

The ECHO Fund is the Early Childhood Opportunity Fund, an innovative grant program that seeks to increase access to high-quality early care and education for New Orleans children, birth through age four, through directly funding early child care center needs. The ECHO Fund is made possible through the generous support of several local educational partners and leaders in the Greater New Orleans area.

 

Current Grant Opportunities

This is the second round of the Fall 2020 ECHO Fund Community Recovery Grant. It is made possible with funding from the Louisiana Department of Education, intends to support CCAP-certified Type III early care and education (ECE) programs* struggling in the wake of the COVID-19 Pandemic through direct, one-time financial relief grants. Grants are designed to address three core challenges in Orleans Parish ECE programs’ ability to recover from this unique crisis: 1) General administrative supports, 2) Workforce incentives and supports, 3) Family incentives and supports.

*Due to the terms of the grant funders, only CCAP-certified child care centers are eligible to receive funding. This excludes standalone Early Head Start / Head Start centers, and school-based child care programs. All eligible Type III early care and education programs in Orleans Parish are strongly encouraged to apply. NOTE: If you recieved round one of the ECHO Community Recovery Grant you will not be elligible for this cycle. 

 

Grant Timeline

* September 21, 2020: LAUNCH

* October 7, 2020: DEADLINE

* October 22, 2020: NOTIFICATION

* December 31, 2020: GRANT CLOSE-OUT

 

Purpose of the Grant

The ECHO Fund Community Recovery Grant will provide grants of between $2,000 and $10,000 to assist eligible Type III ECE programs in Orleans Parish who are either open as of August 10, 2020 or plan to open and operate at some point during the Fall semester of the 2020-2021 academic year (August-December 2020). 

Below are some acceptable examples for how to use funds to address one or more of the core challenge areas. You may apply for funding to address all challenge areas. The examples provided here are not the only acceptable use of funding, and are shared only as an example.

Grant Purpose

Ex: Acceptable Sub-Grant Requests

Community Challenges Addressed

Workforce Supports & Incentives

Bonus pay, hazard pay, increased benefits, etc.

Incentivizing staff to return; Fear of illness

Family Supports & Incentives

Local scholarships, tuition-assistance, seat creation; marketing, recruitment

Increased costs; Reduced revenues

General Administrative

Essential costs that have become prohibitive, such as facility, supplies.

Increased costs; Reduced revenues; Acquiring PPE

 

How to Apply

Submit your application online by or before October 7, 2020. Follow all instructions included in the online application. Please note grant eligibility and priority for funding, below.

Due to the terms of the grant funders, only CCAP-certified child care centers are eligible to receive funding. This excludes standalone Early Head Start / Head Start centers, and school-based child care programs. All eligible Type III early care and education programs in Orleans Parish are strongly encouraged to apply.

 

Grant Eligibility and Priorities

Applicants and proposed grant projects must meet the following criteria:

Final award determinations will be made based on priority factors such as centers with limited additional funding support, center size, and center location. Priority factors are as follows:

  1. Does not receive public funding.
  2. Does not have a financial support partnership, such as EHS/HS, university affiliation, etc.
  3. Has not received financial assistance from Agenda or affiliate between March and August 2020.
  4. Is a large center, based on licensed capacity.
  5. Is a mid-sized or small center, based on licensed capacity.
  6. Is in New Orleans East or on the Westbank.

 

Award Notification

The New Orleans Early Education Network will announce our Round 2 Fall 2020 ECHO Fund grant awards by October 22, 2020 via email to the contact named in the grant application. Some applicants may be contacted between their submission date and the grant announcement to clarify application components. 

 

Grant Term

The term of the grant will be from the date of payment through December 31, 2020. Awards may be anticipated within thirty days of notification of grant results.

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