Now accepting applications for the Healthy and Safe Environments RFP – apply by June 21!

We are excited to share that the Best Starts for Kids Healthy and Safe Environments request for proposal (RFP) is now open! This funding opportunity closes on June 21 at 2 PM PST, 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 can play in hazard-free areas, get to eat healthy and affordable food, and learn in safe environments. 

Best Starts is seeking proposals from community-based organizations, agencies, and schools/school districts that want to ensure that children, youth, and young adults live, learn, work, play, and experience healthy and safe environments. Babies, kids, and young people grow into happy and healthy adults when they can actively engage in environments that promote wellness, healing and are hazard free.  

Best Starts seeks proposals that focus on impacting the community in which children, young people and their families live, learn, work, and play by developing policies, creating, or improving systems, and changing environments. 

Organizations interested in applying should clearly describe in their narrative how they will develop and implement policy, systems, and/or environmental change strategies to impact any or all of the following investment areas: 

  • Healthy food and food access 
  • Physical activity 
  • Unhealthy substances and dangerous products 
  • Safe and health promoting environments 

We encourage you to apply! 

See the full RFP document, section III for more information about this opportunity!

Eligibility:

This request is open to nonprofit organizations, community-based organizations, schools & School Districts, 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. To be eligible, applicants must show a successful history of working with the community in their application.   

Activities not eligible for any of the investment areas:   

Public Health Seattle, King County (PHSKC) will not consider the following types of activities for funding under this RFP:    

  • Epidemiological projects  
  • Research studies  
  • Capital projects  
  • Construction projects  
  • Individual or direct services  
  • Funds may not be used to supplant other County funding 

Funding Available: 

Approximately $2,220,000 is available through the Best Starts for Kids to support the work described in this RFP. 

The maximum award amount applicants may request is up to $250,000. Funds should be aligned with proposed strategies outlined in the application. 

Any contract awarded as a result of this procurement is contingent upon the availability of funding. 

Funding is available for 29-month period spanning the last half of fiscal year 2022 and for fiscal year 2023 and 2024. Fiscal years are based upon calendar years. 


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: 

  • Information Session #1: May 11, 2022, at 3 pm 
  • Information Session #2: May 12, 2022, at 9 am 

Access the Zoom meeting details in VI. section C of the RFP document. Learn more about this funding opportunity and view the full RFP document here. 

Timeline

RFP Issued May 6, 2022
Information Session 1  May 11, 2022, at 3 pm
  Information Session 2  May 12, 2022, at 9 am
  Final day to submit questions via ZoomGrant  June 10, 2022
  Final day to initiate request for technical assistance  June 13, 2022
  RFP Application Due  June 21, 2022 (2 pm PST)
  Responses reviewed  June 21 – July 1
  Interviews with applicants (if applicable) King County reserves the right to conduct interview as Needed to make award determinations.  July 2022
  Notice of selected and non-selected applicants  July 2022
  Anticipated program/contract start date  August 1, 2022

Do you have any questions? 

If you have any questions about this funding opportunity, you can submit a question before June 10, 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 Applicants experience technical difficulties with ZoomGrants leading up to the due date, please email your Proposal to the RFP Lead: Phillip Thompson at phithompson@kingcounty.gov.   

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.

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 an open funding opportunity’s info session, check out the recordings and slideshows here.

3. Save the date for our next open house!

Mark June 29, 2022 on your calendars for our next Best Starts virtual open house! We will share registration information and session details soon. View the recordings from the latest open house on March 30, 2022 and our first virtual open house on January 12, 2022.

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