Funding Opportunities

Upcoming Funding Opportunities


Birth Equity Project Request for Applications

The Washington State Department of Health Birth Equity Project funding seeks to address and reduce the racism faced by birth workers and families of Black/African American, African Immigrant, American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN), and Pacific Islander (PI) communities in our state. DOH will invest in community-based birth worker organizations that reflect the communities they serve.  

We request that potential applications review the Checklist of Materials before submitting an application.

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For questions, translations, or accommodation requests, please email DOH Perinatal Unit Manager Caroline Sedano.


Submit an application

The Request for Applications (RFA) for the Birth Equity Project is now available! We are accepting applications until Monday, December 19th, 8:00 AM and expect to announce grantees by early 2023.

Informational calls

We will also be holding two informational calls on Monday, November 14th and Tuesday, November 29th over Zoom. These calls will include a brief overview of the grant and application requirements, as well as time for question and answer. Interested applicants will also learn about grant writing support available to them. The calls will be recorded and posted to this webpage. Please register using the links below to receive a confirmation email with information about joining the calls. 

When: Monday, November 14th, 2022, at 12:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)  
Topic: Birth Equity Project Request for Application Information Call #1

Information Call Recording

When: Tuesday, November 29, 2022, at 06:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Topic: Birth Equity Project Request for Application Information Call #2
Register in advance for this informational call


Budget Support calls

When: Nov 15, 2022 at 6:00 PM Pacific Time
Topic: Birth Equity Project: Budget support call #1
Budget Support Call #1 Recording


When: Nov 29, 2022 at 7:00 PM Pacific Time
Topic: Birth Equity Project: Budget support call #2 -- The budget support call will be immediately following the Informational Call #2
Register in advance for the second informational support call: Webinar Registration - Zoom


Grant writing assistance 

Applicants can request help in preparing their applications. DOH has contracted with Nonprofit Accelerator to provide coaching and training to organizations applying for this funding opportunity. Applicants can self-schedule 30-minute online support sessions with trainers. The sessions will offer support on all parts of their application. Grant writing assistance will be available throughout the application period from Monday, November 14th – Sunday, December 18th, 2022.  

Applicants are encouraged to sign up for at least one session on budget support. Applicants are encouraged to sign up for multiple sessions.

Sign up for sessions using this link: DOH/NPA BEP Grant: BEP Grant Coaching ( 


Have questions? This document comprises previously asked questions regarding the grant.

Community Advisory Committee

We worked with a community advisory board -- Birth Equity Advisory Committee -- to define the project goals. This committee is made of doulas, midwives, childbirth educators, parents, caretakers, and other community birth workers from the priority communities of this project. They helped define project goals as: 

  1. Birthing people are healthy and can have a birth the way they want it. 
  2. Birthing people are treated as experts in their own care, and their concerns are taken seriously.  
  3. Birthing people have access to resources without fear of discrimination, violence, or deportation. 
  4. Birthing people have access to care that incorporates both Western medicine and traditional practices.  
  5. Birthing people have access to doulas and midwives. 

This group has overseen the development of the request for applications, evaluation criteria, and will be reviewing applications and selecting a grantee. 

Tools for awarded applicants

Awarded applicants will need to fill out an A-19 form in order to receive expense reimbursements. Invoices must include background documentation, including but not limited to: 

  • A detailed general ledger report for employee salaries and wages 
  • Copies of receipts for transactions over $2,500 
  • Pre-approval for out-of-state travel 
  • Documentation of gift card distribution (including name of recipient and date distributed)
  • See the documentation matrix for assistance with documentation requirements


Fiscal requirements for awarded applicants

Awarded applicants will also need to apply and receive the following numbers before having a contract in place with WA DOH. Learn more about applying for them at the links below. If you need assistance, please contact