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Behavioral Health Facilities Grant Program

Grants to Washington Nonprofits, Agencies, Businesses,
and Tribes for the Construction of Health Facilities

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Washington State Department of Commerce, Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS), Health Care Authority, and Department of Health (DOH)

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01/30/19 5:00 PM


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Grants to Washington nonprofits, agencies, businesses, and tribes for the planning, design, and construction of behavioral health facilities. Funding is intended to increase the number of beds available and to improve the geographic distribution of treatment facilities throughout the State.

Round Two of the Commerce 2017 – 2019 Behavioral Health Facilities program has competitive grants available in these categories:
- Secure detoxification
- Acute detoxification
- Crisis diversion or stabilization facility
- Community hospitals or free standing evaluation and treatment providers

Funding Availability:
- $2,514,697 for secure detox treatment beds
- $661,341 for acute detox treatment beds
- $4,218,392 for crisis diversion or stabilization facilities - at least two facilities must be located in King County
- $2,350,000 for community hospitals or free standing evaluation and treatment facilities for beds to serve 90 or 180 day civil commitments

Commerce’s capital funds may generally be used to pay for the following expenses:
- Design, engineering, architectural, and planning;
- Construction management and observation (from external sources only);
- Construction costs including, but not limited to, the following: Site preparation and improvements; Permits and fees; Labor and materials; Taxes on Project goods and services; Capitalized equipment (such as beds); Information technology infrastructure (cables and wiring); and Landscaping.

All projects must maintain the beds or facility for the intended use for at least 10 years.

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GrantWatch ID#: 184885

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Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum amount of funds an applicant can receive is $2,000,000 per project, except for the Acute Detox category, which has a maximum grant request amount of $661,341.

Term of Contract:

These funds expire on June 30, 2019. Washington operates under a biennial (two-year) budget and each appropriation in the 2017 - 2019 Capital Budget, must, by law, lapse at the close of the biennium (June 30, 2019). Since projects may take more than two years to complete, Commerce has already requested reappropriation of any unspent funds as of that date. However, Commerce cannot guarantee that the Legislature will agree to extend funding, nor can Commerce legally obligate funds from one biennium to the next.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Behavioral Health Facilities program is open to nonprofits, public entities, for-profit businesses and tribes. You must be registered in the State of Washington and licensed to provide behavioral health services under specific RCWs or WACs.

If your project received a direct appropriation in the 2017-2019 state capital budget and/or the 2018 state capital supplemental budget, you may still apply for a competitive grant, but not for the same project that received direct appropriation in either budget.

The grants fund bricks and mortar unless otherwise designated in the budget or supporting legislative materials. This is why the following costs are not eligible for reimbursement:
- Grant funds may not be used for property acquisition (purchasing land and/or a building)
- Internal administrative costs, in-house labor, or activities;
- Feasibility studies (unless associated with project development such as required by local government transportation studies for new construction);
- Computers or office equipment (Furnishings and equipment are considered eligible project costs as long as the average useful life of the item purchased is 13 years or more;
- Rolling stock (such as vehicles);
- Lease payments for rental of equipment or facilities;
- Any maintenance or operating costs or the moving of equipment, furniture, etc., between facilities.

Pre-Application Information:

The Behavioral Health Facilities Round Two application deadline is January 30, 2019 at 5:00 PM sharp when the ZoomGrants web-based application portal closes.

Important Tip: It is highly advisable not to wait until the last minute of the last day to submit your application – this is when most mistakes are made! Waiting to the last minute may not allow sufficient time to address any technical issues or questions you need to resolve before the deadline. The web application will not let you submit until all fields are completed and required documents have been uploaded.

Awarded Commerce grants, whether through a competition or a direct appropriation, are subject to an administrative fee. Commerce Community Capital Facilities is authorized to retain funds from each award to cover all administration costs. The administrative fee for competitive grants is three percent or up to $50,000. The total project budget included in your grant contract will use a net grant amount (i.e. a grant request of $1,000,000 would result in a net award of $970,000).

Funds are available once a contract is executed. Funds are available on a reimbursement basis only, and cannot be advanced under any circumstances. Reimbursement costs are those the grantee has already incurred and paid.

Commerce may reimburse Grantee costs (included in the applicant’s scope of work) incurred prior to the date a contract is executed, back to July 1, 2017. Project costs incurred after July 1, 2017 can be reimbursed with appropriate backup once a fully executed contract is in place.

To review an excellent FAQ regarding the Statewide Vendor Account (SWV) program:

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Register and Apply Online:

Department of Commerce
Pat Gibbon, Program Manager
Phone: 360-725-3023

Tom Stilz
Phone: 360-725-4045

Department of Social and Health Services
Melena Thompson
Phone: 360-725-3758

Community Capital Facilities staff
Phone: 360-725-3075

If you need technical information about prevailing wages, please contact Jim Christensen at the state Department of Labor and Industries. He can be reached at 360.902.5330 or

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