Now accepting applications for the Help Me Grow RFP – apply by December 15!  

We are excited to share the Best Starts for Kids Help Me Grow request for proposals (RFP) is now open! This funding opportunity closes on Thursday, December 15 at 2PM, 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: 

The Help Me Grow King County (HMGKC) strategy is based on Help Me Grow, a national model designed to support families and their children by connecting them to what they need, when and how they need it. At Best Starts, HMGKC serves as a foundation for all Investing Early (prenatal to five years old) strategies and is rooted in the values of self-determination, strength, and resilience, and partners with Help Me Grow Washington (HMGWA) and local community organizations to understand how to best connect families and communities to services and adapt the national model. Learn more about our HMGKC strategy by reading our one-pager.  

This RFP is seeking to partner with groups and organizations:  

  • that are rooted in the communities they serve;  
  • that share culture and language with the families and communities they serve;  
  • that hold strong relationships with the families and communities they serve; and 
  • that implement family and community informed programs providing pregnant people, parents and caregivers warm connections to services.  

This RFP will fund Family Connection Programs, and each funded partner will participate in the Help Me Grow King County Collaborative Partnership.  


This funding opportunity 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: 

We have budgeted approximately $5,011,527 for this RFP.

Attend our information session: 

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

  • Wednesday, November 9, 2022, 1 – 2:30 pm, Pacific Time 

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


RFP Issued  November 1, 2022  
Information Session November 9, 2022, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm 
Final Day to Initiate Request for Technical Assistance  December 8, 2022 
Final day to Submit Questions via ZoomGrants  December 9, 2022 
RFP Application Due  December 15, 2022 by 2:00 pm 
Applications Reviewed   January 9 – 20, 2023  
Interviews with applicants (if applicable) February 2023 
Notification of Selected and Non-Selected Applicants  February 2023  
Contract Anticipated Start Date   April 1, 2023 

Do you have any questions?  

If you have any questions about this funding opportunity, you can submit a question before Friday, December 9, 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 the RFP lead, Phillip Thompson, 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 areinterested in partnering with a technical assistance consultant, learn more here. 

1. Check out our funding calendar   

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

3. Keep an eye out for our next open house!  

Keep an eye out for our next Best Starts virtual open house! View the recordings from the latest fall open house on September 28, 2022 and our summer, spring and winter 2022 open houses. 

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