Now accepting applications for the Family & Community Developmental Screening RFP – apply by April 20!  

We are excited to share the Best Starts for Kids Family & Community Developmental Screening request for proposals (RFP) is now open! This funding opportunity closes on Thursday, April 20 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:  

Best Starts Universal Developmental Screening (UDS) strategy provides information, training, tools, and connections to ensure children receive culturally appropriate, high-quality developmental screening throughout early childhood. Identifying developmental delays is critical to connecting children and families with a wide range of resources and services to support their growth and well-being. Learn more about our UDS strategy by reading our one-pager.  

The purpose of this RFP is to fund developmental programs and learning opportunities in partnership with groups and organizations that demonstrate the following attributes: culturally rooted, family-centered, relationship-based, and strengths-based and inclusive.  

This RFP is seeking to fund applicants to provide one or more of the following scopes of work: 

  1. Family-Centered Developmental Programs to partner with families to increase interest and access to developmental screening and referrals for young children, destigmatize developmental differences, and support parents/caregivers to become the trusted messengers of these topics in their communities.  
  1. Community-Designed UDS Learning Opportunities to partner with organizations and programs that have been delivering relational, culturally- and linguistically rooted, or responsive programming to young children and their families. Selected applicants will design and provide customized learning opportunities to the audiences of their choice on culturally situated topics related to early childhood development.  

Learn more by reviewing the visual representation below: 


This funding opportunity is open to nonprofit organizations, for-profit 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 $7,092,200 for this RFP. We expect to fund programs at approximately $250,000 – $500,000 over 35 months.  

Attend our information session:  

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

  1. 1. Virtual Info Session
  2. Monday, March 20, 2023, 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm, Pacific Time  
  1. 2. Hybrid Info Session
  2. Wednesday, April 5, 2023, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm, Pacific Time
  3. Bellevue Library Meeting Room 3: 1111 110th Ave NE, Bellevue, WA 98004 

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


RFP Issued   March 13, 2023 
Information Session  March 20, 2023, 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm 
April 5, 2023, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm 
Final day to Submit Questions via ZoomGrants   April 18, 2023 
RFP Application Due   April 20, 2023 by 2:00 pm  
Applications Reviewed    April 26 – May 18, 2023 
Interviews with applicants (if applicable)  May 25 – 26, 2023 
Notification of Selected and Non-Selected Applicants   June 2023 
Contract Anticipated Start Date    August 1, 2023 

Do you have any questions?   

If you have any questions about this funding opportunity, you can submit a question before Tuesday, April 18, 2023 through the Contact Admin tab in ZoomGrants. The response to all questions received will be posted as an RFP amendment on ZoomGrants.   

For complete details, please view the RFP on ZoomGrants: If you experience technical difficulties with ZoomGrants, you can email directly. Any other questions can be sent to:  

Alice Casey, RFP lead  

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 open house on March 1, 2023.  

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