Suicide Prevention Grant

Suicide Prevention in Higher Education Grant Program

The Suicide Prevention in Higher Education Grant Program competitively awards grants for partnerships between postsecondary education institutions and health care organizations. These partnerships must “provide mental health, behavioral health, and suicide prevention” for students.  Postsecondary education institutions eligible to apply for the grant program include public and private colleges and universities; private vocational schools; and cosmetology, barbering, and other schools authorized by the Washington State Department of Licensing. However, the first six grants must go to public institutions of higher education. Depending on the volume of applications and awards, we anticipate a statewide total of up to $420,000 will be available to fund partnerships.

The 2018 Legislature authorized this competitive grant program, which has the following estimated timeline for 2018-19:

  1. Request for proposals (RFP) made available on this webpage: 9/4/18
  2. Required Letter of Intent (LOI) due date: 9/21/18
  3. Proposal due date: 10/16/18
  4. Apparently successful bidders announced: 12/11/18
  5. Debriefing and protest period: 12/12/18-1/11/19
  6. Contracts executed so projects can start work: 1/18/19 
  7. Awardees fully implement projects by 6/30/19 (extensions may be granted to eligible institutions).

For more information, see Section 3 of Senate Bill 6514 and the Forefront Senate Bill 6514: Higher Education webpage. Also, check this webpage periodically for additional information and updates, including a downloadable copy of the request for proposals. 

Public Input

To help inform the development of the RFP, please email your responses to the following questions:

  1. Should we establish maximum award amounts, and if so, what should they be?
  2. Should we set aside a certain amount of money for each education sector (e.g. public, private, 2-year, 4-year, etc.), and if so, how much?
  3. Should we allow multiple applications per postsecondary education institution or limit applications to one per institution or one per campus?
  4. Should we allow groups (consortia) of postsecondary education institutions to apply jointly? 
  5. Postsecondary education institutions and health care entities are required partners. Should we allow optional partners as well, and if so what type?
  6. From your perspective, what are the most important criteria proposal reviewers should focus on when scoring proposals, and how would you prioritize them?
  7. What questions and/or comments do you have? 

Responses to this request for public input will be collated and updated periodically on this webpage.