Now accepting applications for the Youth Development RFP – apply by May 16!

We are excited to share that the Best Starts for Kids Youth Development request for proposal (RFP) is now open! This funding opportunity closes on May 16 at 2 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

Young people thrive when they have safe, supportive environments that provide a sense of belonging and purpose. Best Starts for Kids partners with schools and community-based organizations to invest in programs that meet those needs through mentoring, leadership, positive identity development and healthy relationships. Our community partners focus on engaging marginalized youth and young people who face challenging life experiences, offering a broad range of programs to develop skills, form lasting relationships and build self-confidence.

To continue to support this work, Best Starts for Kids is seeking to partner with organizations who support young people through programs that develop youth leadership and engagement opportunities, mentoring, positive identity, and/or healthy and safe relationships. The focus populations for the programs are children and young people in elementary school, middle school, high school, and/or ages 18 to 24.

Eligibility: This request is open to nonprofit organizations, community-based organizations, tribes and tribal organizations, schools and school districts, and public or governmental agencies serving communities in King County. Small nonprofits, community-based organizations, and youth-led organizations are encouraged to submit proposals. 

Funding Available: Approximately $12,000,000 is available through the estimated contract period of July 2022 – June 2023 through Best Starts for Kids to support the work described in this RFP. The maximum award amount proposers may request is up to $375,000 for a three-year contract

Attend our information session

We strongly encourage anyone interested in applying to attend one of the two information session to join us to learn more:

  • April 13, 2022, 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM Pacific Time 
  • April 14, 2022, 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM Pacific Time 

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


RFP Issued April 4, 2022 
Information SessionsApril 13, 2022, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
April 14, 2022, 3 – 4 p.m. 
Final day to submit questions via ZoomGrants April 19, 2022 
Final day for to initiate request for technical assistance May 2, 2022 
Proposals due May 16, 2022 by 2:00 p.m. 
Responses reviewed  May 18, 2022 through June 1, 2022 
Interviews with proposers (if applicable) 
King County reserves the right to conduct interviews as needed to make award determinations.  
June 2022 
Notification of selected and non-selected proposers June 2022 
Anticipated program/contract start date July 2022 

Do you have any questions?

If you have any questions about this funding opportunity, you can submit a question before April 19, 2022, through the Contact Admin tab in ZoomGrants. The response to all questions received will be posted as an RFP amendment on ZoomGrants.  

If potential proposers experience technical difficulties with ZoomGrants leading up to the due date, please email your proposal to Tiffany Ngo, the RFP Lead at to avoid a late submission.  

Would you like support? Access Best Starts technical assistance!

Free application support is available for organizations interested in applying for this Best Starts funding opportunity! 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 partnering with a technical assistance consultant, learn more here.

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2. Watch our latest recorded info sessions

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