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.  t

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. After the first six grants have been awarded, each subsequent grant may be awarded to one of these 40 public institutions or to one of over 500 private postsecondary education institutions.      

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 available: 9/17/18 (see Resources)
  4. Pre-proposal Q&A webinar: 9/21/18 (see the questions and responses posted in the Q&A document on 9/25/18)
  5. Pre-proposal feedback webinar: 9/21/18 (WSAC received no feedback)
  6. Required Notice of Intent (NOI) due date: 9/28/18 (13 NOIs were timely filed by a variety of postsecondary education institutions, including four public four-year institutions, six community or technical colleges, one Independent College of Washington, and two private career or vocational schools). 
  7. Q&A period ends: 10/12/18
  8. Proposal due date: 11/5/18 (Eight proposals were timely filed by a variety of postsecondary education institutions, including two public four-year institutions, four community or technical colleges, one Independent College of Washington, and one private career or vocational school).
  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

Forms and Templates

Questions and Answers (Q&A)

The Q&A document linked below is an addendum to this RFP.

Access the Q&A 

Collaboration Opportunities

See a voluntary collaboration contact list of potential partners seeking collaboration opportunities. To be included in the list, email Mark Bergeson ( a request for inclusion containing the following information:

  • Partner entity name (including campus name, if applicable)
  • Type of partner entity – postsecondary education institution, health care partner, other partner (if other partner, please specify type)
  • Postsecondary Education Institutions only – is the institution seeking to add partners to a partnership it is leading or to join a partnership led by a different institution? 
  • Contact person name
  • Contact person title
  • Contact person email address
  • Contact person phone number

Reference Materials

These materials may contain information useful for informing proposal development. However, their appearance on this webpage does not constitute WSAC endorsement or guarantee any scoring preference.