Technical assistance for applicants
Get help with your Best Starts for Kids application
In order to achieve our goal of serving the most historically underfunded communities and the organizations that support them, we know we need to level the playing field. That’s why we’re providing technical assistance to community-based organizations needing support in applying for Best Starts funds.
Six technical assistance providers are available to support Best Starts applicants. These providers offer a wide range of skills, areas of expertise, and language abilities to meet the needs of community-based organizations across King County. Applicants can reach out to these providers directly via the contact information listed. Please include the name of the RFP you're seeking assistance for in the subject line of your email. Please note that in order to provide high quality support to applicants, providers will not be able to respond to new technical assistance requests within 3 business days of an RFP’s closing date.
Meet the providers
Catherine Verrenti is thrilled to have an opportunity to support CBOs that are deeply embedded in the community. She offers skills and insights gained from her twenty years of hands-on experience, including at Neighborhood House and YouthCare. This expertise includes grant development plus managing a wide range of culturally responsive youth development, family support, out-of-school time, case management and homeless programs. She approaches this work by first listening to what CBOs hope to accomplish for youth in their community. She would then customize an approach to focus on the support they seek to reach that vision with BSK funding. This might be articulating a strong needs statement, helping to develop partnerships or forming a compelling grant narrative. She can be uniquely helpful in fine-tuning program designs, projecting achievable performance targets and developing budgets. She is particularly excited to help CBOs think through all parts of their program to ensure strong program launch and implementation.
Emerging Design Consulting
Bonnie Olson, Kevin Baker and Mora Uch make up our multicultural, multiracial team ––we can provide a full range of support for your BSK application. We can help you match your vision with the grant priorities and support you to submit the best proposal possible. This includes setting goals and outcomes, budgeting, application editing, and other technical support. Our team has extensive experience in: trauma informed care, restorative practices, small nonprofit management, culturally responsive approaches in service delivery, leadership, youth mentoring, school-based programming and curriculum design, immigrant and refugee programming, and much more! We aim to support you to articulate your program design in ways that match your community, your culture and your realities. Emerging Design Consulting, has been in business since 1998, we are flexible and ready to meet with your team and can work with community-based organizations.
Contact: Bonnie@emergingdesign.org, KevinBaker822@gmail.com
Roxanne Hood Lyons promotes community impact through executive coaching, capacity building and assisting organizations in accessing funds. With experience as a funder, consultant and executive director of a small community based organization, she will help you build a proposal that leverages your staff and community strengths while increasing the capacity of your organization.
Working in a conversational style, Roxanne will help you highlight your stories to create a compelling proposal that build on your unique ideas and community’s strengths. She is happy to support you in identifying how your program fits with Best Starts for Kids, editing and increasing the power of your proposal, and developing a budget that supports your work.
Hassan Wardere specializes in project management, authentic community engagement, capacity building, change management, strategic planning and partnerships, technical assistance, etc. Hassan utilizes a unique strategy of valuing home cultures when supporting the development of strategic ideas, successful designs and integration of creative, customized, equity-driven programs, and services. Applying Results-Based Management (RBM) that honors internal strength is one of the strategies that Hassan uses for both small and large organizations. This tailored RBM approach gives an organization the leverage to hold onto its cultural values and contribute to the achievement of each program’s outcome. He also has an extensive experience working with CBOs that serve immigrant and refugee families.
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