Now accepting applications for the Positive Family Connections RFP – apply by May 24!

We are excited to share that the Best Starts for Kids Positive Family Connections request for proposal (RFP) is now open! This funding opportunity closes on May 24 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

We know that when a young person has trusted adults in their life who can support them, it increases their likelihood that they will experience academic success, achieve and maintain financial stability, and make choices that support their overall health and well-being. A consistent and supportive family presence can especially make a difference for a young person during times of transition. We recognize that the terms “family” and “caregivers” are broadly defined as the people who support and care for our young people. 

Best Starts is seeking to partner with King County organizations to help strengthen and build positive relationships between young people ages 5 to 24 and their parents/caregivers! This request for proposals (RFP) will support programs that provide culturally relevant supports to strengthen connections among family members, intergenerational and cultural heritage bonds, restorative practices, and the personal development of young people and their caregivers. 

By increasing the supports that we know help young people navigate early adulthood – like strong social connections and concrete support from close relationships in times of need – and reducing risk factors like stress, young people and parents/caregivers can navigate their changing relationships in a positive way. 

Eligibility: This request is open to nonprofit organizations, community-based organizations, 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. 

Funding Available: Approximately $2,760,000 is available through Best Starts for Kids to support the work described in this RFP. The maximum award amount proposers may request is up to $230,000 in funding per awarded contract for up to 30 months. This is awarded in two phases. Phase One is up to $30,000 and Phase Two is up to $200,000. 

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 20, 2022, 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM Pacific Time 

Learn more about this funding opportunity and access meeting details for the information session within the full RFP document here.


Timeline

RFP Issued April 12, 2022 
Information SessionsApril 20, 2022, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Final day to submit questions via ZoomGrants May 18, 2022 
 
Final day for to initiate request for technical assistance May 17, 2022 
 
Proposals due May 24, 2022 by 2:00 p.m. 
Responses reviewed  May 25, 2022 through June 9, 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 May 18, 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 Kimberly Walker-Harrison, and Nancy Vu the RFP Leads at kiwalker@kingcounty.gov and nvu@kingcounty.gov 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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