Now Accepting Request for Proposals (RFP) Applications for Community Information, Outreach and Referral (CIOR) Services.

Now Accepting Request for Proposals (RFP) Applications from the King County Developmental Disabilities and Early Childhood Supports Division (DDECSD) for Community Information, Outreach and Referral (CIOR) Services.

If you need accommodations to apply, please contact Jim Ott at Please allow enough time to make accommodation arrangements before the RFP closing date.

RFP Deadline to Apply:  September 8, 2020


I.  RFP Overview

DCHS is pleased to release this RFP from DDECSD for CIOR services in King County.  CIOR services seek to ensure individuals with I/DD, delays and their families can access the information, skills, and supports they need to live and participate in the community. CIOR services include information and referral services, outreach and engagement activities, systems navigation supports, skill building and educational activities, civic engagement efforts and events.

The RFP aligns with the County’s goal to ensure all people, regardless of who they are, or where they live, can thrive, with full and equal access to opportunities, power, and resources.

View important details, and apply for the RFP, on ZoomGrants at the link:

II. The Request

DCHS/DDECSD is requesting proposals from organizations to provide CIOR services in support of King County residents with I/DD, delays and their families. The RFP will solicit proposals for programs in two investment areas:

1.  Community Information, Outreach and Systems Navigation

This investment area supports individuals with I/DD and their families to access a range of services including information and referral, community outreach, and systems navigation activities that increase equitable access to culturally and linguistically services and community services and supports across service systems.

2.  Education and Civic Engagement

This investment area supports individuals with I/DD and their families to access a range of services including educational and civic engagement activities that increase knowledge and engagement of community supports and participation in civic events

Both of the investment areas drive for results in the community that promote equitable and integrated community supports and promote connections that contribute to inclusion in community life across the lifespan.  Applicants may apply to provide programs in one or both investment areas.  Partnerships are strongly encouraged to apply.

Need help applying? Free technical assistance is available to support eligible organizations to develop and review proposals. To be considered, your organization must meet conditions described in the RFP.

III. Funding Amount, RFP Funding Priorities and Eligibility

See the RFP for details on funding and eligibility.

DDECSD will award up to $ 1,035,000 per year across both investment areas for up to four and a half years. Consistent with the County’s Equity and Social Justice Plan, DDECSD prioritizes RFP investments in CIOR services that engage individuals with I/DD and their families from communities and groups experiencing historic and persistent barriers and disparities; and that support organizations using program practices and structures that are consistent with DDESCD values related to Equity and Social Justice, capacity building, County Values and DDA Guiding Values.

This RFP is open to not-for-profit organizations, community-based organizations, tribes and tribal organizations in King County. Small non-profits, community-based organizations, and Black, Indigenous, and People of Color led organizations are strongly encouraged to submit proposals.

IV. Timeline

RFP release dateJuly 24, 2020
Bidders Conference via webinar – See RFP for details on how to join.  Session will be recorded, captioned and posted through ZoomGrants.August 3, 2020
Last day to request technical assistanceAugust 21, 2020
Final day to submit questions via ZoomGrantsAugust 25, 2020
Proposals dueSeptember 8, 2020
Responses rated and reviewedSeptember – October 2020
Notification of selected and non-selected applicantsOctober – November 2020
Award offers and negotiations with selected applicantsNovember – December 2020
Program/Contract start dateJanuary 1, 2021

V.  How to Apply, Important RFP Details and Questions

Apply for the RFP, and read more important RFP details on ZoomGrants at the link: 

Questions?  Contact Jim Ott, CIOR Program Manager at or by phone at 206-263-9060