SPP Provider Facilities Fund - 2023

This funding opportunity closed in June 2023.

Preschool facility under construction

The Department of Education and Early Learning (DEEL) is notifying any agency under contract to provide preschool services for the Seattle Preschool Program (SPP) or the Pathway Program of a funding opportunity to support the improvement and expansion of early learning facilities and environments.

Who can apply and for how much money

Center, family, and school-based child care providers under contract with the City of Seattle’s Department of Education and Early Learning to provide preschool services for the Seattle Preschool Program or SPP Pathway are eligible to apply.

Total available funding for the 2023-2024 SPP Providers Facilities Fund is $895,000.

  • Family-based child care providers (FCCs) are eligible for awards up to $75,000.
  • Center- and school-based providers are eligible for awards up to $500,000.

Types of projects that can be funded

The SPP Provider Facilities Fund will support capital projects that:

  • Improve quality or help providers meet preschool facility licensing standards.
  • Expand space in existing SPP preschool facilities.
  • Start new facilities, either from the ground up or by substantially remodeling existing buildings to use as part of SPP.  

Allocations under this RFI will be made in the form of a grant tied to specific commitments to provide SPP services. Recipients will manage their own capital projects, and grant funds will be distributed to recipients based on negotiated project milestones.

How applicants will be selected

Funding will be awarded through a competitive request for investment process managed by DEEL. Applications will be evaluated using specific criteria outlined in the RFI application and review panel recommendations.


Event: Date and Time: * 
Request for Investment (RFI) Release May 8, 2023
RFI Information Webinar May 15, 2023
Question and Answer Period

May 8 - June 13, 2023

No calls nor individual meetings will be accepted. Email all questions to:


RFI Submission Deadline June 20, 2023 by 11:59 p.m.
Applications Reviewed and Rated  June 21 - 30, 2023
Scoring Session(s) June 30 - July 24, 2023
Notifications Issued to Applicants August 2023

*Dates subject to change 

How to Apply

For your reference, please click the link below to view the RFI Overview document linked below.  

RFI Overview Access PDF

Each of the following forms are required as part of your application for funding. Please be sure to complete each of the following:  

Application Submission Document Access Word document
Budget Submission and Attachments  Download Excel worksheet

Use the following links to access forms and additional information you will need to apply for this funding opportunity. 

Pre-Recorded Information Session View Recording 
Information Session Slides View PDF slides
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Access PDF, updated June 9, 2023

How to submit your application:  

Email your application to DEELFunding@seattle.gov. Please use the following naming convention in the subject line of your email and for the electronic files attached: “[Organization Name] -SPP Provider Facilities Funding.” 

How to submit questions:   

For questions, please contact: DEELFunding@seattle.gov with "Question: SPP Provider Facilities Funding" in the subject line.

Education and Early Learning

Dwane Chappelle, Director
Address: 700 5th Ave, Suite 1700, Seattle, WA, 98104
Mailing Address: PO Box 94665, Seattle, WA, 98124-6965
Phone: (206) 233-5118
Phone Alt: Childcare and Preschool: (206) 386-1050
Fax: (206) 386-1900

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