Now accepting applications: Stopping the School to Prison Pipeline RFP – apply by May 9!

We are excited to share that the Best Starts for Kids Stopping the School to Prison Pipeline request for proposal (RFP) is now open! This funding opportunity closes on May 9 at 9:00 am, 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’ Stopping the School to Prison Pipeline strategy is seeking to partner with King County organizations to create opportunities and provide community-based resources that help dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline and expand pathways from school to life success for young people between the ages of 12-24 who face systemic and institutional racism within our criminal legal system, schools, and communities.

School to life success pathways create nurturing environments for young people and their families to thrive. Partnering with organizations embedded in our communities, this RFP will promote economic growth through workforce and career development experiences, opportunities, education, guidance, relationships, and other efforts related to economic strengthening, including apprenticeship-type programs and positive identity development.

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

Keeping with SSPP’s guiding principles, which were co-created with community members, priority will be given to culturally reflective leadership, staffing, and services/programs that serve populations and communities disproportionately and negatively impacted by the school to prison pipeline. This is also supported by research that indicates how culturally reflective and/or parallel experiences of the service providers with the populations they serve are strong factors for successful services and positive impact. It is also important to prioritize organizations where the leadership and governance equitably reflect the communities they serve.  

Funding Available: The total amount available for awards will be approximately $8.6 million (July 1, 2022 – December 31st, 2024).

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.

  • Tuesday, April 5 from 1:00 – 2:30 pm via Zoom
  • Tuesday, April 7 from 5:30 – 7:00 pm via Zoom

Learn more about this funding opportunity and access meeting details for the two information sessions here.


Request for Proposal release date March 29
Information Sessions . April 5, 1-2:30 pm
April 7, 5:30-7 pm
Final day to initiate request for technical assistance  May 2
Final day to submit questions via ZoomGrants April 25
Proposals due May 9 by 9 am 
Responses reviewed  May 14 – 27
Interviews with applicants (if applicable) 
King County reserves the right to conduct interviews as needed to make award determinations.  
May 31 – June 3
Notification of selected and non-selected applicants June
Anticipated program/contract start date July 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

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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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