King County Promise Request for Proposals (RFP) Launches Today!

Use this direct link to access the full RFP details and download the RFP documents. 

The Children, Youth, and Young Adults Division (CYYAD) of King County’s Department of Community and Human Services (DCHS) is pleased to release the King County Promise (KCP) Partnerships Request for Proposal (RFP). This RFP seeks eligible entities interested in forming Promise Partnerships to implement the KCP model for school years 2022-2023 and 2023-2024, with the potential to renew for two more school years.  

This RFP process will select and fund two Promise Partnerships that will include public high schools/ Kindergarten-12th grade (K-12) school districts, public Community and Technical Colleges (CTCs), and Community Based Organizations (CBOs). Partnerships with all three types of entities, and including services to Opportunity Youth, will be prioritized.  

Up to $3,200,000 in total is available for this round of funding. Individual organization and partnership investment amounts will vary. Partner organizations interested in funding must submit a joint proposal with a maximum budget of $1,600,000.  

Deadline to submit a proposal for this RFP is April 4, 2022 by 2 PM. 

Resources to support KCP RFP Proposers: 
Please see below for resources and tools available to assist anyone interested in learning more about the RFP or receiving assistance with their proposals. 

Language Access

Upon request, this RFP can be made available in other languages.

Pre-Proposal Information Sessions/Webinars 

Information Sessions were held on February 23rd and February 28th.

Here is a link to the recording of the first session.

The session slides can be downloaded here.  

RFP Questions  

The RFP Lead is the sole point of contact for this procurement.  All communication regarding the subject matter of this opportunity between the Proposers and DCHS upon release of the RFP must be via the RFP Lead, as follows:   

Andria Howerton- RFP Lead,  

Please list KCP RFP in the email subject line. 

The deadline to submit questions for the KCP RFP is now March 22, 2022.


A document of all relevant questions and answers is posted here. Check back weekly for updates.

Budget Workshops and Partnership Matching 
Two optional KCP Budget Workshops were provided by the Puget Sound College and Career Network (PSCCN). PSCCN serves as the KCP System Supporting Organization (SSO), the third-party organization with whom DCHS is partnering to carry out this work and who led the development of the King County Promise model. 
The workshop introduced one way to build a budget that ties closely to the KCP model. Meeting recordings, slides, and the Funding Calculator are below.

PSCCN has also created a Partnership Matching Tool. See links below:

  1. King County Promise Partnership Inquiry Contact Information Survey
  2. King County Promise – Partnership Inquiry Responses

Technical Assistance (TA) 

Three TA consultants are available to support KCP proposers. These providers offer a range of skills and expertise. Applicants can reach out to these providers directly via their contact information listed here and in Attachment C in the RFP.    

TA consultants can:   

  • Assist in determining appropriate fit between the proposal and RFP.   
  • Provide guidance on how best to answer questions.   
  • Support the application development. This includes editing and reviewing the narrative answers as well as the budget.  
  • Provide facilitation and support to proposers to draft a joint proposal. This includes but is not limited to: guiding discussion about partner roles, program strategies and budget.  
  • Help proposers build equitable partnerships in response to the RFP.   
  • Support Proposers to identify partners and resources needed to meet the requirements.   

TA Eligibility   

Any potential applicant organization or partnership is eligible to receive technical assistance. TA consultants will prioritize smaller organizations and BIPOC-led organizations. These organizations historically lack access and support to apply for County funds.   

Interested organizations or partnerships should reach out to a TA provider as soon as possible! Don’t hesitate to reach out right away. Consultants can help you decide whether to apply or find potential partners. You do not need to have a draft of the proposal prepared before you get in touch. The earlier you reach out, the more time TA consultants will have to assist you.   

The deadline to reach out for TA is Monday, March 28th.     

TA providers are NOT involved in rating or judging proposals in any way. Their only role is to assist applicants in creating proposals that best address the requirements of the RFP. TA providers do share general information with County staff about the assistance they are giving. They also share themes of TA needs. They do not share details of individual technical assistance conversations or applications.   

RFP Guiding Documents 
The RFP development process was guided by two resources- the Implementation Plan for Investment of Puget Sound Taxpayer Accountability Account Proceeds and materials about King County Promise provided by PSCCN.  

Per the PSTAA Implementation Plan, CTC and K-12 partners in funded Promise Partnerships will be required to match a portion of the KCP-invested funds with new or existing resources. CBO partners are not required to allocate matching funds. The matching goal for Year 2 and plans to meet this directive will be determined collaboratively with DCHS and PSCCN during Year 1 of KCP implementation.  

For more info about PSTAA and the Implementation plan, please access the plan here or visit . 

For more info about the KCP model, please check out the resources on PSCCN’s website.