Now accepting applications for the Home-Based Services RFP – apply by February 21! 

We are excited to share that the Best Starts for Kids Home-Based Services request for proposals (RFP) is now open! This funding opportunity closes on Tuesday, February 21 at 5:00 PM, please submit your application by then. 

Click below 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 know that relationship-based support and early positive interactions between caregivers and their children helps provide a strong foundation for lifelong health and well-being. Home-Based Services are a type of relationship-based support provided by trained home visitors to expecting caregivers, and caregivers of children birth to age five in the place families feel most comfortable – their home. Learn more about our Home-Based Services strategy by reading our one-pager.  

This RFP is seeking to fund Home-Based Services for families across age groups, geography, diversity of communities, service intensity, and types of evidence so that we can meet the range of needs in King County. To do that, Best Starts will invest in multiple types of Home-based services programs, including: 

  • Nationally-Implemented Models which use a standardized, well-defined model that has been proven effective through rigorous research design when implemented with fidelity OR use a documented model that has been shown to produce positive outcomes in at least one comparison study.  
  • Community-Designed Models which use approaches that are designed for, and/or implemented in, a specific King County community. They are valued by that community, culturally reflective, and/or serve groups for which nationally-implemented models have not been developed.  

Learn more by reviewing the Home-Based Services Strategy RFP one-pager below: 


Organization Types: This funding opportunity is open to not-for-profit organizations, community-based organizations, tribes and tribal organizations, schools and school districts, and public or governmental agencies serving communities in King County. Small non-profits and community-based organizations are encouraged to submit proposals.  

Partnerships: Partnerships are eligible to apply. One organization must agree to serve as the lead and contract administrator. 

Models: Organizations can submit separate applications for more than one or various nationally-implemented models and/or community-designed models simultaneously. For example, the same organization can submit applications for a ParentChild+ Program, Early Head Start Home-based option, and a Community-Designed model.  

  • Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) is not eligible for this RFP. Best Starts has invested in the expansion of NFP delivered through Public Health- Seattle & King County.  

Funding available: 

We have budgeted approximately $33,637,813.91 for this RFP to support the Home-Based Services strategy over a period of three years. Funding for this RFP is provided by:  

Best Starts for Kids Levy (BSK) Funding will be distributed among all awardees who provide services anywhere in King County $23,843,202.60 over a period of three years 
United Way of King County (UWKC) Funding will be distributed among awardees who provide ParentChild+ services anywhere in King County $6,000,000.00 over a period of three years 
City of Seattle Funding will be distributed among awardees who provide ParentChild+ services anywhere in the City of Seattle $3,632,611.31 over a period of three years 
Veterans, Seniors, & Human Services Levy (VSHSL) Funding will be distributed among all awardees who provide Healthy Starts Services anywhere in King County $162,000.00 over a period of six months from July 1, 2023 to December 31, 2023 

Attend our information session: 

We strongly encourage anyone interested in applying to attend an information session to learn more (both sessions will have the same content): 

  • Thursday, January 19, 2023, 3:00 – 4:00 pm 
  • Thursday, January 26, 2023, 3:00 – 4:00 pm 

Learn more about this funding opportunity and access meeting details for the information session within the full RFP document: Home-Based Services RFP.


RFP Issued   January 10, 2023   
Information Sessions  Session 1: January 19, 2023, 3:00 – 4:00 pm Session 2: January 26, 2023, 3:00 – 4:00 pm Note: Both sessions will have the same content 
Program Budget Development 101 February 8, 2023, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm 
Final Day to Initiate Request for Technical Assistance   February 13, 2023 
Final day to Submit Questions via ZoomGrants   February 16, 2023  
RFP Application Due   February 21, 2023 by 5:00 pm  
Applications Reviewed    February 27 – March 17, 2023   
Interviews with applicants (if applicable)  March 30 – March 31, 2023  
Notification of Selected and Non-Selected Applicants   April 2023   
Contract Anticipated Start Date    July 1, 2023 

Do you have any questions? 

If you have any questions about this funding opportunity, you can submit a question before Thursday, February 16, 2023 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 are interested 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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