Suicide Prevention Grant

Suicide Prevention in Higher Education Grant Program

The Washington Student Achievement Council (WSAC) is seeking proposals for projects that will help resource-challenged postsecondary education institutions create partnerships with health care entities to develop student suicide prevention programs.  

Partnerships must include both a postsecondary education institution and a health care entity, and may include a wide variety of optional partners, such as any of the following: 

  • Community-based organizations.
  • Additional postsecondary education institutions. (In other words, a group of postsecondary education institutions may form a consortium to apply for a grant.)
  • Additional health care entities.
  • Other partners that will enhance the ability of the partnership to develop and/or implement its project.

Postsecondary education institutions eligible to apply for a grant include public and private colleges and universities; private vocational schools; and cosmetology, barbering, and other schools authorized by the Washington State Department of Licensing. Though there is a limit of one proposal per postsecondary education institution, being an optional partner in a consortium does not count against that limit.  

Projects may budget up to $60,000. At that budget level, we anticipate being able to award grant funding for up to seven projects. Regardless of budget level, we must award the first six grants to Washington’s public institutions of higher education. There are 40 such institutions, including 34 community and technical colleges, one state college, and five universities.       

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: 9/10/18
  2. Question & answer (Q&A) period begins: 9/10/18
  3. Pre-proposal orientation video link (see Resources box to the right): 9/14/18
  4. Pre-proposal Q&A webinar (see Resources box): 9/21/18
  5. Pre-proposal feedback webinar (see Resources box): 9/21/18
  6. Required Notice of Intent (NOI) due date: 9/28/18
  7. Q&A period ends: 10/12/18
  8. Proposal due date: 10/23/18
  9. Apparently successful bidders announced: 12/18/18
  10. Debriefing period: 12/19/18-12/21/18
  11. Contracts executed so projects can start work: 1/11/19 
  12. Awardees fully implement projects by 6/30/19 (extensions may be granted to eligible institutions).

Check this webpage periodically for additional information and updates. Also, see Section 3 of Senate Bill 6514.

Request for Proposals

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Questions and Answers (Q&A)

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