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Request for Proposals

Public Notice: September 7, 2021

The Board of Trustees requests proposals for Safety Net and Children and Families mental health services funding.  Application Deadline: before 12:00 Noon October 6, 2021. Applicant agencies are limited to 2020 Community Mental Health Fund Contractors.

First-time applicants: please see the community investment page of our website for pilot funding requirements and eligibility.  All funding is limited to qualified, 501c)(3) charitable non-profit mental health organizations in Jackson County, Missouri.

An electronic application is available for eligible applicants.  To apply log-in to our billing portal, use your current username and password.  Contact us to request changes or create a new user.  Proposals can be saved in draft until finalized and submitted.

  • Service unit costs were updated September, 2020. Updated costs must be used in proposals.
  • The required documents page of our website has the latest information, plus forms and information to assist applicants.
  • Proposal instructions have changed. Managers, clinicians, and others involved in proposal submission should review the instructions and consider their responses to the new requirements as soon as possible.

Important dates:

  • September 16, 2021 at 10:00 AM:  Pre-Proposal presentation slides, Q&A
  • September 21, 2021 at 5:00 PM: Deadline for applicant questions in writing. Responses posted within 24 hours.
  • October 6, 2021 before 12:00 Noon: Application Deadline. Proposals and all attachments are electronic.
  • November 11, 2021 (date is tentative) at 9:00 AM: Appropriations Committee will interview applicants for funding. Details to be announced.

Application does not guarantee funding. If selected for funding, applicants will receive a one-year, performance-based contract that is legally binding. Material omissions or misrepresentation may result in contract termination and legal consequences including recovery of granted funds. The Board of Trustees reserves the right to amend contracts due to non-performance, changes in funding availability, or other causes. Periodic progress reporting is required. Physical facilities and records shall be reasonably open for on-site audit.


We consider these types of applications year-round:

  • Pilot Applications  – for applicant agencies that do not have a grant from the Community Mental Health Fund
  • Community Education – for non-profit agencies
  • Mental Health Innovations – only currently funded agencies are eligible to apply
  • Training Grants – only currently funded agencies are eligible to apply

See our Community Investment page for more information. Please contact us before before submitting your application.  Carefully review the instructions because limitations apply.  It may take up to 60 days for review.


A video presentation for our Spring 2021 funding program is still available.  It explains application questions for the Spring 2021 RFP, gives hints for trouble spots, and concludes with frequently asked questions.  Slides available now!