Now accepting applications for the Community-Based Parenting Supports: Caregiver Peer Supports and Basic Needs Resource Brokers RFP – apply by August 31!

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Now accepting applications for the Community-Based Parenting Supports: Caregiver Peer Supports and Basic Needs Resource Brokers RFP – apply by August 31! 

We are excited to share that the Best Starts for Kids Community-Based Parenting Supports (CBPS): Caregiver Peer Supports and Basic Needs Resource Brokers RFP is now open! This funding opportunity closes on August 31 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 

At Best Starts we value community wisdom and know that pregnant people thrive, and babies grow into healthy and happy children when they have support from across the community. CBPS partners will provide peer-based support to parents, caregivers of children ages 0–5, and individuals preparing to become caregivers to share information and resources. CBPS partners’ supports will enhance maternal-child health, encourage nurturing relationships, and increase caregiver knowledge of child development and social-emotional well-being: increasing the likelihood that all children and families have the best start in life. 

CBPS services are offered by peer-based providers that share families’ lived experiences, culture, and language. Peer-based providers will use this connection to create supportive relationships based on trust and respect to support families: improve their health outcomes, build social support, build resilience, and link families with needed community resources. CBPS partners will implement programs in various community settings, including health care clinics, childcare, early learning centers, religious institutions, and community centers. 

This RFP seeks partners to deliver supports in one or more of the following areas: 

  • Basic Needs Resources Brokering (BNRB): Provide bulk purchased necessities required by young children and their families to community-based organizations for distribution as needed. These items include, but aren’t limited to diapers, cribs, car seats, clothing, formula, and food. 
  • Kaleidoscope Play and Learn (KPL): Uses the Kaleidoscope Play and Learn model: a promising practice to brings families together to learn about early learning and healthy development while singing, reading, and playing together. 
  • Parent-Caregiver Information and Supports (PCIS): Provide King County caregivers with educational group activities that encourage nurturing relationships and increase caregiver knowledge of child development and social emotional well-being 

Read more about CBPS by checking out our one-pager on the strategy.  Find more information about the funding opportunity click “show library” in the ZoomGrants link to learn more! 

We encourage you to apply!  

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

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:  

This RFQ offers approximately $5,230,848 across three years from January 2023 to December 2025. Below is a table of anticipated funding breakdowns across the different program areas.  

Estimated Funding Amounts 
 Program area Available Funding Maximum request per organization Anticipated number of awards 
Basic Needs Resources Brokering $ 1,195,928 $ 390,000.00 (approx. $130,000 annually) Two to four 
Kaleidoscope Play and Learn $ 1,226,021 $ 120,000.00 ($40,000 annually) 10 
Parent-Caregiver Information and Supports $ 2,808,899 $ 390,000 ($130,000 annually) Six to nine 

Attend our information session  

We strongly encourage anyone interested in applying to attend our information session to join us to learn more:  

  • Information Session: July 20, 2022, 10:30 am to 12:30 pm 

Language interpretation services will be available in Spanish. 

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

Timeline 

RFQ Issued July 13, 2022 
Information Session  July 20, 2022, 10:30 am to 12:30 pm 
Final day to submit questions via ZoomGrants August 26, 2022 
Final day to initiate request for technical assistance August 24, 2022 
RFQ Application Due August 31 by 2:00 pm 
Responses reviewed September 3 through September 20, 2022 
Notice of selected and non-selected applicants October 31, 2022 
Anticipated program/contract start date January 2023 

Do you have any questions?  

If you have any questions about this funding opportunity, you can submit a question before August 26, 2022, through the Contact Admin tab in ZoomGrants. The response to all questions received will be posted as an RFQ amendment on ZoomGrants.    

If potential proposers 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 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. 

Want to offer support? Sign up for our RFP review panel! 

Are you interested in helping us select our peer supports partners? If so, you can sign up to join our RFP panel. If you are interested in participating in the review panel, fill out this form! (Please note- If you are affiliated with an organization applying for this RFP- you are unable to serve on this RFP panel.). 

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

3. Save the date for our next open house! 

Mark September 28, 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 June 29, 2022, and our winter and spring open houses.  

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