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Behavioral Health Facilities Grant Program

The Department of Commerce, in collaboration with the Department of Social and Health Services, the Health Care Authority, and the Department of Health, awards grants through a competitive process to community hospitals and other community entities to expand and to establish new capacity for behavioral health services around the state.

This is a reimbursement-style grant for capital construction projects only. Program funds come from the sale of state bonds (no federal funds). Grant funds may be used for design, engineering, construction and equipment costs associated with establishing these facilities. The purchase of real property (land or building) and operating costs are ineligible. Check the Program Guidelines for a more complete list of eligible (grant reimbursable) and ineligible costs.

The Round One Behavioral Health Facilities application closed on June 11, 2018. Awards were made to 18 health care providers across Washington, helping to create 341 additional beds. Click here for a list of Round One award recipients.

Program Eligibility

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

Round Two is Now Open

The Behavioral Health Facilities Round Two application deadline is Jan. 30, 2019 at 5 p.m. sharp when the ZoomGrants web-based application portal closes.  Applications will only be accepted using ZoomGrants.

Round Two has $9,744,430 available for competitive grants available in these remaining categories:

  • $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

Application Information

It is essential that you read and understand the program guidelines, updated for this round, as well as the program’s enabling legislation, Section 1007, for a detailed description of the four available categories listed above.  Grants will be awarded through a process conducted by Commerce, the Department of Social and Health Services, the Health Care Authority and the Department of Health.  All projects must maintain the beds or facility for the intended use for at least 10 years.

The ZoomGrants web-based application for Round Two is now open. In order to begin a ZoomGrants application, you must first create a ZoomGrants account. Creating a ZoomGrants account is easy! You can create a new ZoomGrants account here. Or you can sign into an existing account. You may preview the Round Two application here. Take time to become familiar with the application tabs before you begin.

The application auto-saves your entries whenever you change fields. This means you can log off and come back anytime to resume work, refine responses, edit copy and upload or replace previously uploaded documents, even after the application has been submitted, until the application deadline and closure promptly at 5:00 p.m. January 30, 2019.

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.

These tutorial links will help you become acquainted with the ZoomGrants process:

ZoomGrants Applicant Video

ZoomGrants Applicant Slideshow

ZoomGrants Technical Assistance: 866.323.5404 x2

Related Law

Need help?

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

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

Community Capital Facilities staff
Phone: 360-725-3075