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Programs and opportunities

Programs and opportunities

Investing in promotion, prevention and early intervention

Best Starts for Kids partners with community organizations, non-profits, schools and school districts, tribes and tribal organizations, and public or governmental agencies to support the health and well-being of communities across King County. We consider Best Starts funding recipients as partners. Working together, we build on the strengths of families and communities so that babies are born healthy, children thrive and establish a strong foundation in life, and young people grow into happy, healthy adults.

The calendar below shares upcoming Request for Proposal (RFP) funding opportunities from the beginning of 2022 and staggered throughout the year. We encourage everyone to subscribe to our newsletter and blog to receive notices when a new funding opportunity is released and information about quarterly virtual open houses!

Do you have any questions? Please contact for general inquiries and/or the RFP lead contact for specific questions about an open RFP.

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Open funding opportunities

P-5 Community Designed Program Development Pilot Workshop Series – Participation Application

Opens - February 14, 2024

Closes - March 27, 2024 at 5 p.m.

This funding supports

Prenatal – Age 5

About this funding opportunity

This is a capacity building opportunity focused on supporting community in building new innovative and sustainable programs that center racial, economic, and geographic equity and promote positive change for babies, children, families, and communities. This pilot will not fund actual service delivery or guarantee future funding for service delivery.

Best Starts for Kids (Best Starts) invites community-based organizations, coalitions, and community groups to apply. Up to 12 programs and/or organizations will be accepted. In small group settings, participants will be supported to draft materials which will later guide their program. They will learn about approaches such as communicating program activities and outcomes, designing staff training materials, preparing for evaluation, budgeting, and planning for fundraising activities.

Applicants may apply to this Participation Application at no cost, and may also additionally apply for a stipend to support full participation.

Capital Program RFP

Closes - January 8, 2:00 PM (pre-proposal deadline); March 20, 2:00 PM (final proposal deadline)

Opened - December 18, 2023

This funding supports

Capital Projects

Funding Opportunity Website

About this funding opportunity

Best Starts Capital seeks to provide contracts for building repairs, renovations and new construction or expansion to improve access to high quality programs and services for low-income children, young people, and families, with a priority for those serving Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) communities. The program focuses on equitable community-driven development to ensure projects are aligned with and serve communities’ needs. This RFP will fund new construction or renovation of existing property for community centers or recreational centers. Capital planning grants are also available.

Promoting First Relationships - Agency Training Project RFA

Closes - February 7, 2024 at 5:00 pm

Opened - December 29, 2023

This funding supports

Prenatal – Age 5/p>

About this funding opportunity

Best Starts for Kids, in partnership with Public Health - Seattle & King County, Community Health Services, Parent-Child Health Program (PCH), is requesting applications from community-based agencies to participate in Promoting First Relationships Agency Training, either Train-the-Learner training model or Promoting First Relationships Train-the-Trainer training model.

Upcoming funding opportunities

Lead and Toxics: Reducing Toxics Exposures in our Communities RFP

Opens - February 20, 2024

This funding supports

Prenatal – Age 5

About this funding opportunity

Communities have long been charting the path forward on environmental justice, pushing for equitable policies and practices to address and prevent harm from toxics exposures. The purpose of this RFP is to support the work of communities most impacted by toxics to address exposure sources harming families and young children in King County. PHSKC seeks to fund projects that do one or more of the following:

  1. Create opportunities for community organization coalition-building, skill-building, and cross-sector partnerships with the aim of informing systems-level policies and programs to reduce toxics exposures in children, pregnant people, and their families,
  2. Support community-based participatory research or citizen science projects that create opportunities to better understand and address toxics exposures of children and their families in priority communities,
  3. Create workforce development opportunities in healthcare to increase medical professionals’ ability to prevent and address toxics exposures in youth and children,
  4. Create workforce development opportunities or focused programs in industries that put children and families at risk for take-home exposures.

The RFP is specifically focused on reducing exposures amongst children, pregnant people, and their families to the toxics listed in:

Organizations can and are encouraged to submit a join application, however individual applications are still welcome. 

Home-Based Services: Supportive Environments RFA

Opening date - March 19, 2024

This funding supports

Prenatal - Age 5

About this funding opportunity

Improving outcomes for families and children requires not only strong programs and sound implementation, but also supportive environments—systems and environmental conditions that facilitate programs in doing their work and meeting community needs. This funding opportunity helps build a formal, sustained, and more equitable mechanism for gathering input and feedback on important decisions, as well as directly informing systems development and improvement in a community-driven way.

This RFA is seeking an organization or partnerships of organizations to focus on developing and sustaining the Home-Based Services (HBS) partnership group comprising of families, community-based organizations, and King County Systems partners. This will build and support the capacity of the HBS system by providing ongoing input and feedback on system decisions and improvements.

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