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Behavioral Health Facilities (BHF) Grant Program

Grants to Washington Nonprofits, Agencies, Businesses, and
Tribes to Establish and Expand Behavioral Health Facilities

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Washington State Department of Commerce

Deadline Date:

11/06/19 5:00 PM


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Grants to Washington nonprofit organizations, agencies, businesses, and tribes for capital construction projects for behavioral health facilities. Funding is intended for the design, construction, engineering, and equipment costs required to establish and expand the facilities.

Project Types:

The BHF Program supports Washington’s commitment to expanding and to establishing new capacity for behavioral health services in communities. The Commerce 2019-2021 BHF Program offers funding in the following categories:

In-Patient and/or Residential Treatment

  • Enhanced Service Facilities (ESF)
  • Enhanced Adult Residential Care Facilities providing:
    • Long-term Placement for People with Dementia
  • Mental Health Peer Respite Centers
  • Hospitals and Residential Treatment Facilities (RTF) providing at least one of the following services:
    • Secure Withdrawal Management and Stabilization
    • Crisis Diversion or Crisis Stabilization
    • Treatment for persons on 90-180 civil commitment order
    • Evaluation and Treatment
    • Intensive Behavioral Health Treatment
    • Behavioral health treatment that address regional needs.
    • Services for children and minor youth including but not limited to: substance use disorder treatment, sexual assault and traumatic stress, anxiety, or depression, and interventions for children exhibiting aggressive or depressive behaviors.

Out-Patient Treatment:

  • Facilities providing behavioral health services for children and minor youth including, but not limited to: substance use disorder treatment, sexual assault, and traumatic stress, anxiety, or depression, and interventions for children exhibiting aggressive or depressive behaviors.
  • Behavioral health treatment that address regional needs.

Eligible Project Costs:

Commerce’s capital budget funds may generally be used to pay for real property and construction and equipment related expense listed below. 

  • Acquisition of facility or land if it results in increased behavioral health services capacity (costs directly associated with such purchase);
  • Design, engineering, architectural, and planning;
  • Construction management and observation (from external sources only): This is onsite management and/or supervision of the work site and workers. This does not include work performed by off-site consultants or consultant organizations, grant writers, or employees of the grantee, unless the employee is hired solely and specifically to perform on-site construction management as defined above;
  • Construction costs including, but not limited to, the following:
    • Site preparation and improvements;
    • Permits and fees;
    • Labor and materials;
    • Taxes on project good and services;
    • Capitalized equipment (such as beds);
    • Information technology infrastructure (cables and wiring);
    • Landscaping.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 184885

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

- The maximum amount of funds an applicant can receive is $2,000,000 per project.
- Awarded Commerce grants are subject to an administrative fee. Two-percent (capped at $50,000) will be deducted from all 2019-2021 grant awards for the administrative fee. The fee will reduce your total grant amount and will be reflected as a net grant amount in your contract.

Term of Contract:

- Commerce can reimburse for these expenses only if they were incurred after May 21, 2019.
- Awarded funds from the 2019-2021 state capital budget must be expended by June 30, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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.

Ineligible Project Costs:
All grants are intended to fund bricks and mortar unless otherwise designated in the budget or supporting legislative materials. The following costs below are not eligible for reimbursement.
- 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 costs as long as they average useful life of the item purchase is 13 years or more);
- Rolling stock (such as vehicles);
- Lease payments for rental of equipment or facilities;
- Maintenance costs associated with operations of the facility, operating costs associated with the treatment of patients using services of the facility, costs associated with moving of equipment, furniture, etc. within or between facilities.

Pre-Application Information:

This round opens September 6, 2019 and closes November 6, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.

Funds will be made available once a contract is executed. Funds are reimbursement based and cannot be advanced under any circumstances. Reimbursement costs are those the grantee has already incurred and paid. If the funds are needed to purchase real property, the grantee must contact staff prior to using grant funds in this manner.

Contact Information:

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

Online Applications:
2019-2021 Behavior Health Facilities (BHF) Grant Program - Enhanced Service Facilities (ESF) and Specialized Dementia Care (SDC) Facilities:

2019-2021 Behavioral Health Facilities (BHF) Grant Program - Secure Withdrawal Management and Stabilization (SWMS) Facility and Community Providers to Increase Behavioral Health Services and Capacity for Children and Minor Youth:

Direct questions to:
Department of Commerce
Tanya Mercier
Program Manager – Behavioral Health
Phone: 360-704-0139

Amanda Sieler
Program Manager – Behavioral Health
Phone: 360-725-3006

Pat Gibbon
Program Manager
Phone: 360-725-3023

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