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Request for Applications (RFA) — King County Youth Marijuana Prevention and Education Program: Listening Sessions with Youth

  • Due Date: Wednesday, December 13, 2017, no later than 2:00 pm

  • Description:
    Public Health – Seattle & King County (Public Health) and the King County Department of Community & Human Services are co-leading the King County Youth Marijuana Prevention and Education Program (YMPEP), an initiative funded by the Washington State Department of Health's dedicated marijuana account. The overarching goal of YMPEP is to prevent and reduce underage marijuana use. By March 31, 2018, King County YMPEP must develop a five-year strategic plan to guide activities going forward.

    King County YMPEP, via Public Health, is seeking up to ten community agencies, organizations and research/academic groups to conduct listening sessions with youth to understand their attitudes, knowledge and beliefs about marijuana. These listening sessions are intended to provide additional data for the strategic plan, so that the plan is reflective of the perspectives and needs of King County youth.

  • There is no resubmittal conference

Frequently Asked Questions (click on questions to display answer)

Applicant determines "target audience" or youth group to learn from in listening session(s)
We aren't looking for specific demographics – instead, we're wanting applicants to determine a group of youth that they're interested in learning from and to propose them as a specific target audience. The target audience could be determined based on demographics or geography, but doesn't have to be.

Any youth group(s) may be proposed by applicant to inform the strategic plan – there are no demographic, rural/urban/suburban, or program requirements - proposed youth groups should inform regarding the needs and perceptions of youth
We expect that some groups may be homogenous because of the community where youth applicants are being recruited from – additionally, applicants may have specific access to youth populations based on their type of program(s), locations, etc.

Drawing from those connections may mean that common demographics will be present. For example, applicants may propose a listening session within an existing program (an LGBTQ support group, or an afterschool program in rural areas of King County, or homeless youth receiving services, etc.) so the kids in those groups may share common attributes / characteristics and backgrounds.

Common interests, values, or group identity may be used to determine youth groups for listening sessions
Another option would be to recruit kids who share specific interests and/or values. These youth may come from different areas of the County and be of different races but share a common element (for example, an applicant could be interested in hearing from youth who are identified as risk-takers, involved in sports, hip-hop, alternative, preppy, popular, country, affluent, LGBTQ, involved in clubs, those who are interested in an activity like skateboarding, or those seen as social media influencers, etc.).

In short, we're looking for diversity of thought and know that with 10 total funded agencies, we won't get every target demographic. But we're hoping that across all the groups that collect data, we'll have a range of views and a diverse total population that can add rich youth perspective data to our strategic plan.
No, these funds can only be used within King County.
We're looking to fund as many as 10 agencies, but each could do as many as two listening sessions. So if you applied to do two listening sessions and were funded for both, it would only take up one spot of the 10 since it's under the same agency application.
$3,000 to complete one listening session and $5,000 to complete two listening sessions.
Limited English proficiency shouldn't be a barrier, but it would be up to you to determine if interpretation would work. It's more a question of your capacity – if a project with English-language learners is funded, we'd work with the agency on a solution.
We're striving for a 6th grade reading level for the script, but will work with the funded agencies to make adjustments to meet the needs of the target population.
Agencies can only receive one grant of up to $5,000 for this particular project. We may have additional RFAs in the future for larger amounts, but this is all we have available at this time.
It's possible (but not likely) that we'd select only one session, but we'd work with funded agencies to make final plans.

The age groups were really given as general suggestions, so feel free to apply a different set that better fits your group if you have one in mind. The main message we wanted to send with those examples is that we think defining youth and young adult can vary, and it's useful to attain information from both younger (early teen), middle /end of high school age (nearing legal age), and then of course the young adults (first few years of legal age for marijuana use). Most of the logic driving our decision was the age of legalization and that we wanted to steer aware from interviewing kids much younger than 13 since consent gets more difficult to ensure the younger the participants are. With that in mind and since most students graduate middle school around 13, we figured that would make it more difficult to recruit a sufficient number of youth for a middle school group.

We realize that programs and the pre-established groups may have different delineations of age groups, so if there is one that makes more sense for your group that is perfectly fine.

Request for Applications (RFA): Community-based organization collaborative to increase lead awareness in historically underserved communities

  • Due Date: Wednesday, November 22, 2017, not later than 2:00 pm

  • Description: Public Health – Seattle and King County, Environmental Health, and the Lead and Toxics team is providing up to $77,000 through September 30, 2018, for a group of community-based organizations who will come together to build community awareness of lead hazards and mitigations in a historically underserved community with technical support from the Lead and Toxics team.

Communities of Opportunity: Request for Proposal (RFP) for Community Partnerships: Place-based and Cultural Communities

  • Due date: Thursday, January 11, 2018, no later than 2:00 pm

  • Total amount available: $2,700,000 (individual investment amounts will vary)

  • Purpose: To improve community conditions in health and well-being by investing in geographic places and cultural communities. Investments will support community partnerships across organizations and sectors to develop a shared agenda and implement projects that contribute to better health, safe and affordable housing, economic opportunity, and stronger community connections among its community members.

  • Investments: Each partnership is eligible to apply for up to $300,000 /year (or a maximum of $600,000 over the two-year investment period. We anticipate awarding a total of four to six partnerships.

  • Duration: The investment period for this RFP is May 1, 2018 through April 30, 2020.

  • Eligibility: Partnerships must identify a 501(c)3 organization working in King County, Washington, as the lead for the proposal. Partnerships must either:
    • Focus on a geographic community, including rural communities, with health and well-being inequities,
      Or
    • Focus on cultural communities with health and well-being inequities. (For the purposes of this RFP, cultural communities are group(s) of people who share characteristics in common and are experiencing disparate health and well-being outcomes)


  • Proposal assistance: Assistance is available for writing/reviewing proposals. Please visit our website for a list of free technical assistance providers.

  • RFP questions: Submit questions about this RFP to Chris D'Abreau at CPRES-BSK@kingcounty.gov

Due Date: Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017 – no later than 2:00 PM

Description: We are seeking proposals from organizations with capacity to: 1) secure basic needs resources through public and private partnerships as well as bulk buys from manufacturers; and 2) act as basic needs resource brokers by maintaining inventories of basic needs items that they distribute to community-based organizations working directly with children and families.

Pre-Proposal Webinar and In-Person Information Sessions:

  • Webinar Bidder's Conference

PHSKC will conduct a pre-proposal Webinar for proposers to ask questions, raise concerns, and receive clarification about the RFP.
Proposers are highly encouraged but not required to attend the pre-proposal conference. Those who do attend should review the RFP prior to attending. We will record the conference and post it at the web address below.

Pre-Proposal Webinar: Wednesday, October 25, 12:30pm-1:30pm
This is an online conference only. To join the presentation, click here.
Audio via phone at 206.263.8114, conference ID #3490706

Any addenda to this RFP will be posted here by close of business on Wednesday, November 15, 2017.

  • In-Person Bidder's Conference

PHSKC will conduct an in-person information sessions for ask questions, raise concerns, and receive clarification about the RFP.
Proposers are highly encouraged but not required to attend the pre-proposal conference. Those who do attend should review the RFP prior to attending. The live information session will be conducted at the following date, time, and location:

October 31, 2017 at the Shoreline Public Library in the meeting room from 2:30pm-3:30pm.

Downloads:

Link/share our site at www.kingcounty.gov/health/rfp