Now accepting applications: Child Care Subsidy Program RFP- apply by April 13!

We are excited to share that the Best Starts for Kids Child Care Subsidy Program request for proposal (RFP) is now open! This funding opportunity closes on April 13 at 2:00 pm, please submit your application by then.

Click here to view the full funding opportunity details and submit an application.

Note: please create a log-in to view details and access the ZoomGrants webpage.

About this opportunity

Best Starts seeks to partner with one or more intermediary agencies to build, administer, and promote a new regional child care subsidy program.  The selected organizations will partner with each other and Best Starts to implement a program that expands equitable access to affordable and high quality child care for King County families who are ineligible for or not well served by existing public subsidy programs.

Eligibility: This request is open to for-profit and non-profit organizations, community-based organizations, tribes and tribal organizations and public or governmental agencies serving communities in King County, unless otherwise specified in the minimum qualifications of each role. Small nonprofits and community-based organizations are encouraged to submit proposals. Free application assistance is available to support organizations applying to this opportunity – read below!

To learn more about the details of this funding opportunity, read Section II of the RFQ document on the ZoomGrants webpage – click on link at the top of the page to access the ZoomGrants webpage.

Have any questions? Attend our information session

We strongly encourage anyone interested in applying to attend one of the two information session to ask questions and learn more.

March 10 at 2 – 3:30 pm 

  • Please register for the information session in advance here.

Wednesday, March 16th from 9:00 to 10:30 am

  • Please register for the information session in advance here.


Request for Proposal ReleasedMarch 4
Information SessionsMarch 10, 2-3 p.m.
March 16, 9-10:30 am
Final day to submit questions via ZoomGrantsMarch 18
Final day for to initiate request for technical assistanceMarch 30
Proposals dueApril 13 by 2 p.m.
Proposals reviewedApril 18 – 29
Interviews with applicants (if applicable)
King County reserves the right to conduct interviews as needed to make award determinations.
Notification of selected and non-selected applicantsMay
Anticipated program/contract start dateJune 2022

Would you like support? Access free Best Starts technical assistance!

Best Starts partnered consultants can support by: helping to determine appropriate fit between your work and this funding opportunity, providing guidance on how best to answer application questions, supporting your application development (including editing and reviewing), and supporting you in explaining your qualifications in the most clear and concise way.

If you are interested in accessing technical assistance, learn more here.

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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