ECHO Grant Cycle Information
2022 Spring Cycle
The Volusia ECHO program will kick off the 2022 spring grant cycle with a mandatory workshop from 9 to 11 a.m. on Thursday, February 24, 2022. All prospective applicants must attend the workshop to be eligible to apply. Applicants may attend in person or virtually. The in-person workshop will be held in the second-floor training room of the Volusia County Historic Courthouse, 125 W. New York Ave, DeLand. To attend virtually please register with the link below. Grant applications are due March 24, 2022.
Please register for Volusia ECHO Grants-in-Aid Workshop on Feb 24, 2022 9:00 AM EST at:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
2022/2023 Fall Cycle
The Volusia ECHO program will kick off the 2022/2023 fall grant cycle with a mandatory workshop from 9 to 11 a.m. on Thursday, September 29, 2022. All prospective applicants must attend the workshop to be eligible to apply. Applicants may attend in person or virtually. The location to attend in person and the virtual link will be posted before the meeting. Grant applications are due November 10, 2022.
Click here to view the current 2020/2021 grant cycle calendar.
Click here to view the 2022 spring and 2022/2023 fall grant cycle calendar.
The Volusia ECHO Program Guidebook can be found here. For more information on the Volusia ECHO program please email ECHO@volusia.org or call 386-943-7081.
The Volusia ECHO program, generated by a grass roots initiative, resulted from a citizen approved referendum passed November 7, 2000. Volusia ECHO provides grant funds to finance acquisition, restoration, construction or improvement of facilities to be used for environmental, cultural, historical and outdoor recreational purposes. For 20 years, ECHO helped Volusia County construct important cultural and outdoor recreational facilities, save endangered historic buildings and provide environmental education projects. On November 3, 2020, 72% of Volusia County voters cast their ballot to continue the program for an additional 20 years.
Resolution 2020-79 states: It is the intent of the County Council that the funds be allocated throughout the County to provide broad geographical distribution and apportioned appropriately among the environmental, cultural, historic and outdoor recreation projects. The Volusia ECHO Program seeks to enhance the quality of life of Volusia County's residents by working to achieve the following goals over a broad geographic base:
Provide environmental/ecological, cultural, historical/heritage, and outdoor recreational facilities.
Preserve significant archaeological or historic resources; and develop, enhance, and promote heritage tourism opportunities, experiences, and resources.
Foster public memory and community identity by promoting and providing access to destinations and experiences associated with past events, peoples, and places within the County of Volusia.
Provide high quality, user oriented outdoor recreational opportunities including, but not limited to, access to the Atlantic Ocean through the establishment of oceanfront parks and off-beach parking.
Improve the quality of life for Volusia's citizens by providing access to the cultural arts, increase cultural based tourism, and encourage redevelopment and revitalization of downtown and urban areas through the provision of cultural arts facilities.
The ECHO Grants-in-Aid Critical Historic Acquisition and/or Stabilization application is to be used solely to finance the acquisition and/or stabilization of historically designated sites determined to be endangered by immediate development, elimination of public access and/or structural conditions that are recently and unexpectedly revealed, including projects being neglected in order to access demolition permits. Applications are accepted year round. Please contact the ECHO office if you want to apply.
ECHO grant applications are available to the public for inspection at the Resource Stewardship Division located at 123 W. Indiana Ave., Room 200., DeLand, Florida, 32720. If you would like further information, please call the ECHO program at (386) 943-7081.