Two ADS Funding Opportunities

Participants in local "food and fitness" programs discover that good nutrition and staying physically active are two important ways to support optimum aging.

This month, Aging and Disability Services (ADS) will accept applications for funding in two service areas—Senior Nutrition and Kinship Navigator. Both applications will be posted on the Seattle Human Services Department Funding Opportunities webpage on their respective release dates, which follow.

Senior Nutrition Program Services
On Friday, January 11, 2013, ADS will issue a Request for Investment (RFI) for Senior Nutrition Program Services. The RFI is an opportunity for new and existing non-profit providers to apply for funding to provide Congregate Meal and Registered Dietitian (RD) Consultation services.

The Congregate Meal program helps meet the dietary needs of adults age 60 and older by providing nutritionally balanced meals in a group or community setting. In addition to the meal, congregate programs provide nutrition education, opportunities to socialize, and offer activities and access to other services for older adults. 

RD Consultation services, provided for ethnic meal programs, include nutrition education, health and safety monitoring, dietary analysis, menu development, and consultation. 

Approximately $3.2 million will be available for an 18 month contract period (July 1, 2013–December 31, 2014). ADS expects to distribute $96,000 for RD consultation and $3,144,922 for congregate meals.

All interested applicants are strongly encouraged to attend the RFI Information Session on Friday, January 25, 2013 (10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.) at Beacon Hill Library, 2821 Beacon Ave S, Seattle.

The deadline to submit RFI applications is 5:00 pm on Wednesday, February 27, 2013.

For additional information and/or to request paper copies of the Senior Nutrition Program Services RFI, contact Maria Langlais at 206-684-0651 or

Kinship Navigator and Collaboration RFI: Application Available February 14

Kinship care support group participants discuss both the challenges and the joy of raising young relatives.

A "kinship caregiver" is a relative—typically a grandparent—who is caring for a child whose own parents are unable or unwilling to do so. On February 4, 2013 ADS will issue a RFI for the King County Kinship Navigator and Kinship Collaboration programs. These related programs will be combined into one contract through the RFI process, so potential host agencies must apply for both services. Only one agency will be awarded a contract.

The Kinship Navigator is a full-time position responsible for connecting kinship caregivers to community resources such as health, financial and legal services, support groups, and emergency funds. A maximum of $76,306 in State Aging and Disability Services Administration will be awarded for this service.

The Kinship Collaboration award pays for a half-time coordinator who staffs meetings of the King County Kinship Collaboration, its steering committee, and its advisory council. The coordinator also conducts community outreach and organizes special trainings and events for kinship caregivers. A maximum of $39,310 in state Children's Administration funds will be awarded.

Contracts will be effective July 1, 2013. The RFI application will be available on the website referenced above on February 4, 2013.

All interested applicants are strongly encouraged to attend the RFI Information Session on Thursday, February 14, 2013 (10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.) at the 2100 Building, 2100 24th Ave S, in Seattle.

The deadline to submit Kinship Navigator and Collaboration RFI applications is 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 20, 2013.

For additional information and/or to request paper copies of the RFI, contact Doug Ricker at 206-684-0292 or