Now accepting applications for the School-Based Health Center RFA – apply by April 26!

We are excited to share that the Best Starts for Kids School-Based Health Center request for application (RFA) is now open! This funding opportunity closes on April 26 at 2:00 pm, please submit your application by then.

Click here to view the full funding opportunity details and apply.

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

About this opportunity

Best Starts is seeking to partner with healthcare service providers to implement additional school-based health centers (SBHC) at school locations across King County! Students succeed when they can routinely access safe, nurturing spaces and build relationships to help address the range of mental, behavioral and other medical challenges they are facing. Best Starts partners with schools, families, and communities to invest in school-based health centers, student-focused health centers at schools across King County, to advance educational equity, close opportunity gaps, and support the goals of young students.

Investing in the well-being and health of students through providing direct comprehensive medical, mental health, and other healthcare services promotes learning, school attendance, and strong relationships. SBHC investments will provide direct student support services, with a particular focus on historically under resourced populations (e.g. BIPOC, low income, LGBTQ+).


To be eligible under this RFA, interested organizations must:

  1. Be a public or nonprofit private entity, including Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC), hospital system, or other community-based primary care provider organizations.
  2. Provide or subcontract the full scope of accessible, comprehensive medical and mental health services for its patients.
  3. Have at least one primary care services delivery site within King County.
  4. Have a proven track record (a minimum of three years) of providing medical and mental health services to low-income, underserved, or vulnerable King County residents.
  5. Demonstrate in the RFA their ability to meet all the necessary scope of services listed below.

Available funding:

Through this RFA, Best Starts expects to invest in two new SBHCs.

Definitions: Operation funds can be used for staffing, supplies and other SBHC operational needs. Capital funds can be used for SBHC facilities, construction, and related costs.

Operation funds from this RFA will be awarded to a healthcare provider organization to provide medical, mental health, and healthcare access services for students at one or more King County schools, beginning in the fall of school year 2022-2023. The projected annual funding available per site is up to $357,000. A total of $350,000 is also available for one-time Capital building improvement.
Applicants must submit a separate application for each school they are applying to serve.

To learn more about the details of this funding opportunity, read the RFA 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 our information session hosted on Microsoft Teams to ask questions and learn more.

March 30 at 10:00 am

  • Microsoft Teams meeting – join here
  • Or call in (audio only) +1 425-653-6586,,848967336# United States, Seattle
  • Phone Conference ID: 848 967 336#


Request for Application ReleasedMarch 16, 2022
Information SessionMarch 30, 10 am
Final day to submit questions via ZoomGrantsApril 18
Proposals dueApril 26 by 2 pm
Responses reviewedMay
Notification of selected and non-selected applicantsJune
Anticipated program/contract start dateSeptember, 2022

1. Check out our funding calendar here

This calendar shares upcoming funding opportunities staggered throughout the year. Subscribe to our blog and newsletter to the right of the calendar to receive notices whenever we post a new funding opportunity.

2. Watch our latest recorded info sessions

If you were unable to make it to the info session for an open funding opportunity, check out the recordings and slideshows here.

2. Join us at our second Virtual Open House

We are hosting a Virtual Open House on Wednesday, March 30 from 10 AM -5 PM! Similar to our first Virtual Open House, we plan to share information about upcoming funding opportunities and connect with community. Learn more about our 5 sessions and register here.

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