SPP Provider Facilities Fund - 2024

Request for Investment - Apply by June 24, 2024!

The Department of Education and Early Learning (DEEL) is notifying any agency under contract to provide preschool services for the Seattle Preschool Program (SPP) or the Pathway Program of a funding opportunity to support the improvement and expansion of early learning facilities and environments.   
 
Please note: Changes to the funding process and timeline may occur. DEEL will not provide individual notice of changes, and applicants are responsible for regularly checking this webpage for technical assistance information, updates, clarifications, or amendments.   

Who can apply and for how much money:  

Center, family, and school-based child care providers under contract with the City of Seattle’s Department of Education and Early Learning to provide preschool services for the Seattle Preschool Program or SPP Pathway are eligible to apply. 

Total available funding for the 2024-2025 SPP Providers Facilities Fund is $1,000,000. 

  • Home-based child care providers are eligible for awards up to $75,000.
  • Center- and school-based providers are eligible for awards up to $500,000.

Types of programs that can be funded:  

The SPP Provider Facilities Fund will support capital projects that: 

  • Improve quality or help providers meet preschool facility licensing standards.
  • Expand space in existing SPP preschool facilities. 
  • Start new facilities, either from the ground up or by substantially remodeling existing buildings to use as part of SPP.   

Allocations under this RFI will be made in the form of a grant tied to specific commitments to provide SPP services. Recipients will manage their own capital projects, and grant funds will be distributed to recipients based on negotiated project milestones. 

How applicants will be selected:

DEEL will evaluate applications for funding using specific evaluation criteria outlined in the application and review panel recommendations. 

Timeline:

To be considered for funding, eligible applicants must submit an RFI application by 11:59 P.M. on June 24, 2024. Deel will notify successful applicants by August 2024. * 

Event

Date and Time*

Application Opens

May 13, 2024

Information Session (pre-recorded)

May 13, 2024

Question and Answer Period:

May 13-June 19, 2024

No calls nor individual meetings will be accepted. Email all questions to DEELFunding@seattle.gov  

Application Deadline:  June 24, 2024 by 11:59 p.m. PST
Application Review Period:   June 25-July 26, 2024
Notice Provided to Selected Applicants:  August 2024*

*Dates subject to change

How to Apply:

Important Update: Change in Application Process - from email submission to online application portal.

There is a significant change in the DEEL RFP application process: applications may ONLY be submitted to DEEL by using Submittable, an online application portal.   

All applicants must complete the online application via Submittable using the Online Application Link. 

  • New users will be required to create a free Submittable account. 
  • The application portal allows users to save progress on their draft applications prior to submitting. Incomplete or late applications will not be accepted after the deadline. The portal automatically closes on June 24, 2024, at 11:59pm PST. 
  • Applicants can expect to receive a confirmation email from Submittable after the application is submitted. 
  • Submittable works best on Google Chrome, Firefox, and Safari. Internet Explorer is not supported.  

Click on the links below to learn more about the application process and access the online application portal in addition to information and resources that will assist you in completing your application.

Application Essentials

Item Description  Link
RFI Overview This will guide you through the application process  Download as a PDF
Online Application Link (Submittable) Link takes you to the online application portal, Submittable, to start your application.   Access to Submittable Application Portal
Excel template of the project schedule 
(Required) 
Template for applicants to outline their project schedule; completed project schedule must be sent in submittable; no other format will be accepted. Download Excel template
Excel template of the budget proposal   
(Required)  
Template for applicants to outline their budget proposal; completed budget must be sent in Submittable; no other format will be accepted.   Download Excel template
Excel template of the funding sources  
(Optional) 
Template for applicants to outline their funding sources if the funding request is greater than $250,000; completed funding sources must be sent in Submittable; no other format will be accepted.  Download Excel template
Word template of the application form (Optional)   Template for internal collaboration only; Final application submission must be via the Submittable portal; no other format will be accepted.    Download Word template

Supporting Materials

Pre-Recorded Information Session View Recording
Information Session Slides View PDF Slides
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ): Access PDF, updated June 17, 2024

All materials and updates to the RFP are available on DEEL’s Funding Opportunities webpage. DEEL will not provide individual notice of changes, and applicants are responsible for regularly checking the webpage for any updates, clarifications, or amendments. DEEL will not provide individual notice of changes, and applicants are responsible for regularly checking the webpage for any updates, clarifications, or amendments  

How to submit questions: 

For Questions related to the SPP Facilities Funding Grant RFI: 

Please submit questions about this grant via email to DEELFunding@seattle.gov and include "Question: SPP Facilities RFI" in the subject line. Responses will be published and linked in the table above. Please allow three (3) business days for answers to submitted questions. 

For Technical Questions related to using Submittable:   

  • Check the Submitter Resource Center   
  • Send questions to Submittable Customer Support and by email to DEELfunding@seattle.gov with the Subject line: Submittable “Submittable Question: SPP Provider Facilities Funding. 

Education and Early Learning

Dwane Chappelle, Director
Address: 700 5th Ave, Suite 1700, Seattle, WA, 98104
Mailing Address: PO Box 94665, Seattle, WA, 98124-6965
Phone: (206) 233-5118
Phone Alt: Childcare and Preschool: (206) 386-1050
Fax: (206) 386-1900
education@seattle.gov

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