Requesting Proposals for Evidence-Based and Evidence-Informed Home Visiting Programs-Due 11/2

The Request for Proposals for Evidence-Based and Evidence-Informed Home Visiting Programs is now available here. This opportunity is specific to prenatal-to-five programming. Applications are due by November 2, 2017.

Open RFP image-2-02Best Starts for Kids understands that families need a range of different home visiting services to best meet their needs and leverage community resources and expertise. We also understand that there are many different types of evidence to show what works–from randomized control trials to community-defined and practice-based evidence. To support building a system that meets the needs of all families, Best Starts will invest in a continuum of services. To do this, we will offer two funding opportunities within Home-Based Services: 1) The RFP we are announcing today, Evidence Based-and Evidence-Informed Home Visiting Programs and 2) An RFP to open in January 2018 for Community-Informed Home-Based Services.

In addition, Best Starts for Kids has already invested in the expansion of Nurse-Family Partnership and Parent-Child Home Program as part of our Home-Based Services strategy.

This RFP announcement is specific to Evidence-Based and Evidence-Informed Home Visiting Programs.

Commitment to Equity

Equity and Social Justice (ESJ) is an integral part of the County’s work and foundational to the work of Best Starts for Kids. Our goal is to ensure that all people, regardless of who they are and where they live, have the opportunity to thrive, with full and equal access to opportunities, power, and resources.

For Best Starts funded programs, we seek to support organizations that are reflective of and embedded in the communities they serve, and recognize and address the disparities and disproportionality that exist in our communities.


  • Organization Types: This announcement is open to not-for-profit organizations, community-based organizations, tribes and tribal organizations, schools and school districts, and public or governmental agencies serving communities in King County. Small non-profits and community-based organizations are encouraged to submit proposals.
  • Start-Up or Already-Implementing Programs: The RFP is open to organizations implementing home visiting models/programs for the first time, as well as those who have home visiting services already operating.
  • Ineligible Models: Two evidence-based models are not eligible for this RFP.
    • Parent-Child Home Program (PCHP) is not eligible for this RFP. BSK funding for PCHP is administered through the United Way of King County.
    • Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) is not eligible for this RFP. BSK has invested in the expansion of NFP delivered through Public Health Seattle-King County.

Available Funding

BSK will invest $2,760,000 in home visiting programs in King County. Funds will be administered as two separate categories: one for evidence-based programs and one for evidence-informed programs. Amounts available for each are detailed below:


Within each category of funding, BSK will provide base funds and start-up/expansion funds.

Proposal Timeline

RFP Issued September 21
Information Session 1 @ Webinar, 11:30am-1:00pm

Add this link to your calendar reminder

September 25
Information Session 2 @ Burien Public Library, 1:30pm-3pm September 27
Information Session 3 @ Snoqualmie Public Library, 11am-12:30pm October 3
Final Day to Ask Questions October 27
RFP Responses Due November 2
Notice of Selected and Non-Selected Proposals December 11
Contracts Begin January 1

Technical Assistance

Technical assistance is available to support organizations in developing proposals, including:

  • Assistance in determining which funding category your program fits best
  • Guidance on how best to answer questions
  • Application review, including editing

This service is being offered at no cost to the applicant. Applicants can request technical
assistance from September 28 to October 27. To access technical assistance, please contact:

Where can I find data to support my application? 

The Best Starts for Kids interactive data website allows users to focus in on Best Starts indicators in their community, neighborhood, or city. Proposals should relate to one or more of the secondary indicators listed in the Request for Proposals.

You are NOT required to submit a detailed evaluation plan as part of your application.

An additional data resource page is available from Communities Count.

Two upcoming webinars may also be helpful to those interested in applying:

  • Mark your calendars for a webinar to learn about prenatal to 5 funding opportunities
    Wednesday, September 27, 12:00 pm
    Bring your lunch and tune in as Best Starts prenatal to 5 staff share about upcoming funding opportunities and answer your questions.
    Mark your calendar and add this link to the reminder.
  • Responding to Best Starts Funding Opportunities: Tips and Tricks for Using Data to Tell Your Story
    September 28, 2:30 pm
    Data can help make your proposal for Best Starts funding more compelling! Our data team will share resources, answer questions, and provide helpful tips to help you use data to tell your story.
    Mark your calendar and add this link to your calendar reminder.

Please Note

When you are thinking about applying for a Home-Based Services funding opportunity, consider the criteria in the table below to help you determine which opportunity is the best fit for your work.


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