Culturally Specific and Responsive Programming: Kingmakers of Seattle Expansion



The Department of Education and Early Learning (DEEL) is notifying eligible applicants of a funding opportunity through the City of Seattle 2018 Families, Education, Preschool and Promise (FEPP) Levy. The FEPP Levy aims to achieve educational equity, close opportunity gaps, and build a better economic future for Seattle students.

Culturally Specific and Responsive (CSR) investments through the FEPP Levy expand access to high quality service and supports that increase positive identity development, academic knowledge, and social emotional learning for Black/African American males and other historically underserved students.

This RFI is an opportunity to expand DEEL's investment in culturally responsive programming provided through Kingmakers of Seattle to two (2) additional high schools beginning in school year 2021-22.  Funding will be awarded through a competitive request for investment (RFI) process managed by the City of Seattle Department of Education and Early Learning (DEEL) and in partnership with Seattle Public Schools' Office of African American Male Achievement (AAMA).

To be considered for funding, eligible applicants are invited to submit an RFI application by 3:00pm Monday, May 3, 2021. DEEL will notify successful applicants by Friday, June 18, 2021.


Phase 1: Request for Investment*
Request for Investment (RFI) application issued Wednesday, April 7, 2021
RFI Information Webinar

Friday, April 9, 2021       

Click to view pre-recorded webinar

Technical Assistance Session

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Technical Assistance Office Hours

Friday, April 23, 2021  9-10 a.m.

Tuesday, April 27, 2021  12-1 p.m.

Thursday, April 29, 2021  4-5 p.m.

Responses Due Monday, May 3, 2021 at 3:00 p.m.
Phase 2: Evaluation*
Applications Reviewed and Rated May 7, 2021 - May 21, 2021
Presentation / Interview / Review Panel Deliberations  Monday, May 24, 2021 - Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Notifications issued to applicants Friday, June 18, 2021

*Dates/locations subject to change; Exact dates/times/locations for RFI information sessions and technical assistance workshops to be issued with RFI

RFI in Word: Download
RFI in PDF: Download
RFI Submission Template: Download
Frequently asked questions (FAQ): Updated 4-30-2021
Information Session Presentation:

Webinar Recording

Presentation Slide Deck

How and where to submit:

Electronic Submissions:

Deliver to:

Please use the following naming convention in the subject line of your email and for the electronic files attached:  

[Organization Name] - Kingmakers of Seattle RFI

By Mail:

Seattle Department of Education and Early Learning

Kingmakers Expansion RFI (CSR)

PO Box 94665

Seattle, WA 98124-6965

By Hand:

Due to COVID-19 and restricted access to DEEL's offices at Seattle Municipal Tower, please email if you need to arrange for hand delivery of your application materials.

Seattle Department of Education and Early Learning

Kingmakers Expansion RFI (CSR)

Seattle Municipal Tower 700 5th Ave, Floor 17

Seattle, WA 98104

QUESTIONS? Please email:
Email Subject: Question_ Kingmakers of Seattle RFI

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

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