Now accepting applications for the Youth and Family Homelessness Prevention Initiative LGBTQIA+ Expansion– apply by October 27!  

We are excited to share the Best Starts for Kids Youth and Family Homelessness Prevention Initiative (YFHPI)  LGBTQIA+ Expansion is now open! This funding opportunity closes on Friday, October 27 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:    

Housing security is key to ensuring kids have their best start at life. Research shows that housing is the first rung on the ladder to economic opportunity and that a person’s access to opportunity is intrinsically linked with that of the community where they live.

The awardee(s) shall dedicate one Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) case manager solely devoted to the work of preventing homelessness, ensuring housing stability for households at Imminent Risk, and implementing the YFHPI model of prevention and housing stability. Successful applicants must clearly demonstrate the ability to serve LGBTQIA+ communities.


This request is open to nonprofit organizations, CBO, tribes, and tribal organizations, and public or governmental agencies serving communities in King County. Small nonprofits and CBOs are encouraged to submit proposals. 

Funding available:    

We have budgeted up to $1 million for this RFP. The exact budget will be determined and negotiated with the awarded applicant(s) at the time of contract negotiations.  

Attend our information session:    

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

Wednesday, September 20, 2023, 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    September 15, 2023
Information Session   September 20, 2023, 1 – 2:30 pm
Final day to Submit Questions via ZoomGrants    October 20, 2023 by 2 pm
RFP Application Due    October 27, 2023 by 2 pm
Applications Reviewed     November 1 through November 17, 2023
Notification of Selected and Non-Selected Applicants    December 11 through December 15, 2023
Anticipated program/contract start date January 3, 2024

Do you have any questions?    

If you have any questions about this funding opportunity, you can submit a question before 2 pm October 20, 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:  

Tiffany Ngo, 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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