Funding Opportunity

First 5 Santa Barbara County administers funding through a transparent Request for Proposal process.

First 5 invites agencies to submit a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the 2018-2021 Family Support Focus Area.  

The First 5 Commission has allocated roughly $3.9 million over the next three years in the area of Family Support.  External investments will be primarily for direct services to children who face significant risk in communities with high levels of need and/or in rural areas with high levels of need per capita, but lacking family supports necessary to address risk factors.  A portion of funding will also be made available to programs and services that address the diversity of needs that all families face, especially families that are uniquely susceptible to vulnerabilities, such as those with infants or who have children with special needs. Click here to learn more about First 5’s Strategic Plan.

Proposals are due by 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 15, 2017.

Family Support Request For Proposal 2018-2021
Attachments 1-8
Attachment 9 – Hourly Compensation for Direct Service Staff
Attachment 10 – First 5 Letter of Intent
Attachment 11 – Proposal Narrative Template
Proposal Attachment Checklist

RFP Timeline

For important details, please see page 23 of the RFP.

Date Activity
Wednesday, November 22, 2017 Release of RFP
Wednesday, December 6, 2017 Bidder’s Conference Veteran’s Memorial Building – Legion Wing, 1745 Mission Drive, Solvang, CA 93463 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.  Attendance is required to apply for funding
Wednesday, December 13, 2017 Letter of Intent (LOI) due by 1:00 p.m. via email to Sara Gonzalez Required to apply for funding.
Friday, January 5, 2018 Applicants are invited to submit questions starting December 7, 2017 via e-mail to Sara Gonzalez at
Thursday, February 15, 2018 Applications due by 1:00pm
Thursday, March 15, 2018 Last day for First 5 staff to submit questions to applicants.
Thursday, March 29, 2018 Last day for applicants to submit responses to questions from First 5.  Responses due by 1:00 p.m.
April 2018 Contract Support Committee will review and discuss qualifying applications.  Recommendations for funding will be made.
Monday, May 21, 2018 Funding recommendations reviewed and approved/denied by the Commission and posted to the First 5 website.
May – June 2018 Finalization of contracts takes place with agencies
Tuesday, July 1, 2018 Start of the contract year

 Updated on November 20, 2017

Bidder’s Conference Information

Bidder’s Conference Flyer
Bidder’s Conference Agenda

Evaluation Tools

Consent to Participate in Statewide Evaluation
Intake Form
Family Development Matrix (FDM)
Protective Factor Survey Short
Universal Referral Tracking Form
Parent Satisfaction Survey

Questions & Answers Regarding the RFP

Interested parties are invited to submit questions starting December 7, 2017 via e-mail to Sara Gonzalez at Questions and responses will be posted here on an ongoing basis. Final questions must be received via email by Friday, January 5, 2018. Final First 5 responses will be posted here on Friday, January 12, 2018 by 1:00 p.m. Check back periodically.