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.
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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.
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: https://www.zoomgrants.com/zgf/King_County,_WA/Increasing_Blood_Lead_Testing_in_King_County_PHSKC. If you experience technical difficulties with ZoomGrants, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org directly. Any other questions can be sent to:
Phillip Thompson, RFP lead
Would you like support? Access Best Starts technical assistance!
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