Central Texas Home Visiting Grant Program: A Good Start is a Healthy Start

Central Texas Home Visiting Grant Program: A Good Start is a Healthy Start


Expanding home visiting capacity is a component of the Foundation’s broader strategy to ensure that all Central Texas children get the best possible start in life to achieve their full potential. The Foundation believes home visiting is a valuable tool in this strategy, influencing three interrelated goals fundamental to achieving positive outcomes for children and families: reducing sources of stress, strengthening core life skills, and supporting responsive relationships. Improving these interrelated factors sets the stage for improvements in: maternal, prenatal, infant and child health; child development; parenting practices; school readiness; coordination of community resources for families with young children; and reduced rates of child maltreatment.

This RFP defines home visiting programs as those that seek to improve the well-being of young children (prenatal to age five) and their families, by using the home as the primary mechanism to provide direct support and coordination of services. While services can be received elsewhere, the home is the primary service delivery setting.

This Request for Proposals (RFP) seeks to identify organizations able to expand capacity of home visiting programs in Central Texas that are part of a coordinated, integrated system of local early childhood services.

Projects eligible for funding under this RFP fall into the following categories:

  • Planning grants, for sites exploring the launch of new home visiting programs. Planning grants will be one-time funding, for a 6-month period. Receipt of a planning grant does not guarantee additional implementation funding. Maximum award per applicant is $75,000.
  • Implementation grants, for the launch of new models or expansion of existing models. Funding will be for 12 months, followed by two one-year renewals, prior to any re-procurement. Maximum annual award per applicant is $500,000.

Click here to download the full RFP.

Organizations applying for either planning and implementation grants must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Be a tax exempt 501(c)(3) organization or a public entity which does not discriminate against participants or job applicants on the basis of race/ethnicity, religion, or sexual orientation.
  • Provide services to families living in at least one of the following Central Texas counties: Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays, Travis or Williamson. Applicants may have business or headquarter offices located outside of Central Texas.
  • Demonstrate strong fiscal management, which at a minimum requires: program operations for at least 3 years; 2 consecutive years of a clean audit; and the ability to access working capital or line of credit that could cover at least 2 months of organizational expenses.

Collaboratives of multiple organizations are eligible to apply for either planning or implementation grants, but a single organization must serve as the lead applicant. The lead applicant must meet all of the necessary criteria relevant to the type of grant (planning or implementation) being sought.

Awards will be identified bases on: the strength of the proposal; a clear organizational commitment to ensuring that home visiting is used as part of a continuum of local early childhood support; and organizational capacity to implement the proposed scope of work and degree of demonstrated community support. Additional selection criteria specific to the type are request are described below:Planning Grants:

  • Proposed approach to planning is well thought out.
  • The planning process effectively involves key stakeholders (e.g. referral sources).
  • There is a solid understanding of the problems identified as needing a solution, and a clear process for selecting a home visiting model that aligns with desired outcomes and the characteristics of the priority population.

Implementation Grants:

  • Selection of the home visiting model aligns with desired outcomes, target population, community
    priorities and organizational capacity.
  • The characteristics of the priority population are well understood.
  • Readiness is evident in:
    • strong referral and retention plan for clients.
    • plan for identifying and connecting new families to existing natural/informal supports.
    • community support for the program, as evidenced by commitments for referrals, data sharing,
      collaborative planning, etc.
    • awareness of how the home visiting model will coordinate with other services in the early
      childhood continuum.
    • strong understanding of the chosen home visiting model and evidence of developer support.
  • The implementation plan incorporates relevant lessons learned on how to maximize the benefits of home visiting model.
  • The degree to which other revenue sources are committed or are likely to be committed in the future.

RFP Issue Date: April 5, 2019RFP Information Session (Attendance is Optional): April 24, 2019
Location: St. David’s Foundation
1303 San Antonio St, 6th Floor – Innovation Center
Time: 9:30am – 12:00pm
RSVP: Register by emailing events@stdavidsfoundation.org by April 17, 2019.

Proposals Due, by Electronic Submission: June 21, 5 pm CST

Review and Negotiations: June – August 2019
Additional information may be requested as part of the selection process.

Awards Announced By: September 6, 2019

Planning Grant Period Begins: October 1, 2019

Implementation Grant Period Begins: January 1, 2020

Proposals must be submitted online by 5 p.m. CST on June 21, 2019.Application Link
To apply online, click on the above link.

Click here to download the full RFP.

Required Proposal Information:

  • Applicant Organizational Information (Submitted online, with information such as agency financials uploaded as
  • Proposal Narrative (Uploaded as an attachment). Maximum page limits: planning grants – 8 pages;
    implementation grants – 12 pages. Applicants are encouraged to be concise in their responses.
  • Budget (Uploaded as an attachment)
  • Optional Information, e.g. letters of support, Gantt charts. (Uploaded as a single attachment)

Programmatic Questions. Questions regarding the intent of this RFP or applicant eligibility may be directed to Kim McPherson, Senior Program Officer, kmcpherson@stdavidsfoundation.org
Technical Submission Questions. Technical questions related to the online application submission may be directed to Vanessa Rocha, Grants Coordinator, vrocha@stdavidsfoundation.org