Now accepting applications: Prenatal Support Services RFP – due October 3

The Prenatal Support Services RFP is now open! Applications are due October 3, 2018 at 11:59pm.

Pregnant Asian WomanClick here to view the request for proposals and apply. This link will take you a ZoomGrants page. Create a log-in to view the RFP and apply.

This Prenatal Support Services RFP is part of Best Starts for Kids’ prenatal to five Community-Based Parenting and Peer Supports strategy. Through this RFP, Best Starts aim to promote positive and healthy outcomes for young children, and to support parents and family, friend, and neighbor (FFN) caregivers.

Previous Community-Based Parenting and Peer Supports funding opportunities include:

We are seeking proposals from organizations that have experience providing prenatal education, prenatal support services, policy and health systems reform and advocacy. This RFP will prioritize a service focus on the African American, Native American, and Pacific Islander communities. Programming should be on prevention of adverse pregnancy and birth outcomes experienced by the priority communities as well as other groups. Click here to view data related to pregnancy and birth.

Why Prenatal Support Services?

An extensive base of research supports the critical importance of healthy pregnancies in achieving the best possible outcomes for mothers and babies. Best Starts for Kids will partner with organizations across King County to assure parents preparing for pregnancy and childbirth can receive support and education from their peers and professionals that is culturally-relevant and accessible.

This RFP will prioritize organizations that have the capacity to coordinate a multisystem program effort aimed at improving pregnancy and birth outcomes through focusing on health literacy and health equity. This RFP promotes community-centered services that offer comprehensive evidence-informed models of care that have demonstrated improved prenatal and birth outcomes in a nurturing, relationship-centered environment from preconception to postpartum. Examples of programming for prenatal support services include:

  • Preconception health education
  • Prenatal education and support
  • Preterm labor and premature birth prevention strategies
  • Culturally adaptable and flexible programing that addresses social determinants of health and other medically important information
  • Care models that are holistic, culturally versatile, peer focused, and support the self-empowerment of women and families

Services may be facilitated through a partnership of several agencies. However, one agency must be the lead and provide contractual compensation to its partners for service engagement.

Commitment to Equity

In alignment with the BSK Equity and Social Justice Framework and values, this investment will prioritize:

  • Communities of color, low-income communities, and limited English-speaking communities
  • Populations and communities experiencing significant service gaps
  • Organizations that are connected to, and embedded in, the community served


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.

Available Funding

The organization awarded through this RFP will be funded as follows:

Funds available: 2018 - up to $150,000; 2019 - up to $575,000/year; 2020 - up to $592,250; 2021 - up to $610,000

**Based on contractor performance and continued funding availability.


The timeline details the tentative schedule of the entire process, from RFP release to project implementation. Dates listed here are subject to change.

RFP released August 30, 2018
Information Session Webinar September 6, 2018, 1:00-2:30pm
In-Person Information Session September 12, 2018, 3:30-5:00pm
Final day to ask questions from Technical Assistance providers September 28, 2018
RFP Responses Due October 3, 2018
Responses reviewed and rated Week of October 22, 2018
Interviews with applicants (if necessary) Week of October 29, 2018
Notice to selected and non-selected organizations Week of November 12, 2018
List of selected organizations published Week of November 19, 2018
Project implementation December 2018

Information sessions

These information sessions will cover two RFPs: Breastfeeding Peer Counseling Services and Prenatal Support Services.

Webinar information session
Thursday, September 6, 2018 from 1:00-2:30pm
Mark your calendar and add this link to your reminder, or join online here.
Or call-in: 206-263-8114, conference ID: 1168927

In-person information session
Wednesday September 12th, 2018
Prenatal Support Services: 3:30-4:15pm
Breastfeeding Peer Counseling Support Services: 4:15-5:00pm
Beacon Hill Library
2821 Beacon Ave. S., Seattle, WA 98144

Need help? Get free technical assistance

Technical assistance is available at no cost to support Best Starts for Kids applicants. Providers offer a wide range of skills, areas of expertise, and language abilities.

See the list of providers and contact information for technical assistance here.

Where can I find data?

Best Starts values the use of multiple sources of data and information. While the use of data resources is not required, we have compiled some King County data resources to
assure equal access to information. Find indicators identified for Best Starts and visit the “Data Resources” page on the Communities Count website.

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