Request for Proposals: CareFirst’s Behavioral Health

CareFirst has earmarked up to $4.8 million to improve behavioral health outcomes through increased access to services for youth and workforce development for all populations. CareFirst funding will support 501(c)3 or 501(c)6 non-profit organizations in Maryland, Washington, DC, Northern Virginia (located north and east of route 123, including portions of Fairfax, Alexandria, and Arlington Counties), and Charleston, West Virginia. CareFirst supports partnerships including, but not limited to, nonprofits, public (governmental) health entities, and/or other community-based organizations.

Through this multi-year funding opportunity, CareFirst seeks to invest in initiatives that target at-risk youth (e.g., rural youth, low-income youth, LGBTQ youth and/or youth of color) up to age 24 by focusing on the following priority areas:

  • Addressing behavioral health disparities for at-risk youth (e.g., rural youth, low-income youth, youth of color and LGBTQ youth) through innovative and evidence-based and promising programs that:
    • Address root causes leading to higher prevalence of mental health and substance use disorders among at-risk youth
    • Reduce barriers to access to behavioral health services for at-risk youth
  • Workforce development to increase availability of behavioral health providers; including, but not limited to physicians, Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSW), therapists, peer support specialists, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors (LCPC), psychologists, psychiatrists, care coordinators, educators, and other support staff.

Special considerations will be given to organizations serving Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC), disconnected youth, persons experiencing homelessness, populations with limited English proficiency (LEP), structurally disinvested communities, justice-involved individuals, LGBTQ populations, low-income communities, rural communities, and other marginalized communities.

An informational webinar will be held on Wednesday May 25, 2022 at 10:30 a.m. To participate, please visit (Meeting ID: 930 7004 7527; Passcode: 933655)

Dial by your location:

  • +1 301 715 8592 US (Washington DC)
  • +1 267 831 0333 US (Philadelphia)
  • 888 475 4499 US Toll-free

Meeting ID: 930 7004 7527

Passcode: 933655

Applications and supporting documentation must be submitted via the CareFirst Grants Portal:

Applications must be submitted no later than Monday, June 13, 2022 by 11:59 AM.

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