Now accepting applications: Lead & Toxics Program RFA – apply by March 24!

We are excited to share that the Lead & Toxics Program request for applications (RFA) is now open! This funding opportunity closes on March 24 at 2:00 pm, please submit your application by then.

Click here to view the full funding opportunity details.

About this opportunity

 A key component of Best Start for Kids prenatal to five strategic investments is ensuring families, caregivers and providers have information and resources to promote healthy child development by preventing exposure to lead and other toxics. We are excited to share that Best Starts is seeking applications from community-based organizations to support two childhood lead poisoning prevention projects! Organizations can apply to just one or both of the projects below. The projects will be implemented until September 2022 with the potential for extension.

Action Groups: Three Action Groups will develop approaches to prevent childhood lead poisoning. Each Action Group will focus on one area of concern: housing, healthcare, and household products. Up to five organizations will be selected to form each Action Group and collectively develop a long-term strategic plan to raise awareness and strengthen systems to protect those most at risk of lead poisoning.

Product testing events: We are seeking to partner with organizations to host community-based product testing events. At the events, community members will have the opportunity to have items from their homes tested for lead and to learn about safer alternatives.

Eligibility: This request is open to non-profit organizations, community-based organizations (CBOs), tribes and tribal organizations, and public or governmental agencies serving communities in King County. Small nonprofits and community-based organizations are encouraged to submit proposals.

Organizations interested in applying do not need a background in lead and toxics work! We are looking for partners with strong relationships to communities with the highest likelihood of lead exposure (Medicaid-eligible children and their families, immigrant and refugee families with young children, and families of color with young children living in South King County), a passion for environmental justice and health equity, and experience working collaboratively to design community-driven programming.

All questions and any explanations must be requested in writing and directed to the Contract Specialist, Jeffrey Brown (cpres-ehs@kingcounty.gov). To learn more, click on yellow highlighted link above to access the webpage and download the full RFA document.


Interested in applying? Attend an information session!

We strongly encourage anyone interested in applying to attend the information session to learn more.  If you need language support, please notify us by no later than March 7th, 2022, at 5 pm.

March 10, 2022 at 1:30 pm 

Timeline

RFA Release March 3
Information SessionMarch 10, from 1:30-2:30 pm
Final day to submit questions via to
Jeffrey Brown, the Contract Specialist (email above)
March 17
Applications Due March 24, by 2:00 p.m. (PST) 
Notice of selection: Action GroupsApril 15
Notice of selection: Product Testing EventsApril 26
Agreement scope and budget developmentLate April-early May
Anticipated program/contract start date Mid-May 2022 

1. Check out our funding calendar here! 

This calendar shares upcoming funding opportunities staggered throughout the year. Please note that at this moment, there are some funding opportunities that share an estimated opening date window – we will update these open dates as we continue with implementation. 

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3. Join us at our second Virtual Open House!

Save the date for our quarter 2 Virtual Open House on Wednesday, March 30 from 9 AM -5 PM! Similar to our first Virtual Open House, we plan to share information about upcoming funding opportunities and connect with community. We plan to host quarterly virtual open houses – stay tuned for registration details!

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