Now accepting applications for the Increasing Blood Lead Testing for Children in King County RFP – apply by May 8!  

We are excited to share the Best Starts for Kids Increasing Blood Lead Testing for Children in King County request for proposals (RFP) is now open! This funding opportunity closes on Monday, May 8 at 1 PM, 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, our Lead and Toxics Program (LTP) works to prevent childhood lead poisoning, identify and reduce exposures to environmental toxics, and equitably improve health outcomes, especially for communities of color. Learn more about our Lead and Toxics strategy by reading our one-pager.  

The RFP will fund up to two applicants (or groups of applicants) to improve blood lead testing rates among focus communities. Focus communities include, but are not limited to, Medicaid-eligible children and their families, immigrant and refugee families with young children, and Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) families with young children. 

Organizations interested in applying to work with the LTP do NOT need a background in lead and toxics work. Instead, we are looking for organizational partners with: 

  • A strong tie to pediatric providers and to the focus communities, 
  • A passion for environmental justice and health equity, and  
  • Experience working collaboratively to design community-driven programming. 


This funding opportunity is open to nonprofit organizations (including Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs)), 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 $900,000 to support the work described in this RFP and fund up to two applicants (or groups of applicants). The contract exhibit expected start date is August 1, 2023 with an end date no later than August 1, 2026 (36 months).  

Attend our information session:  

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

  • March 23, 2023, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm, Pacific Time  
  • March 30, 2023, 9:00 am – 10:00 am, Pacific Time 

Please note both sessions will have the same content. Learn more about this funding opportunity and access meeting details for the information session within the full RFP document here.   


RFP Issued   March 20, 2023 
Information Session  Note: Both sessions will have the same content March 23, 2023, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm 
March 30, 2023, 9:00 am – 10:00 am 
Final day to Submit Questions via ZoomGrants May 3, 2023 
Final day to initiate request for technical assistance May 3, 2023 
RFP Application Due   May 8, 2023 by 1:00 pm  
Applications Reviewed    May 17 – 30, 2023 
Interviews with applicants (if applicable)    Week of May 29, 2023 
Notification of Selected and Non-Selected Applicants   Late June, 2023 
Contract negotiations with selected applicants June – July, 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 Wednesday, May 3, 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:,_WA/Increasing_Blood_Lead_Testing_in_King_County_PHSKC. If you experience technical difficulties with ZoomGrants, you can email directly. Any other questions can be sent to:  

Phillip Thompson, 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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