Saturday, 22 July 2017

EMS grant program offered by the Virginia Office of EMS

The Financial Assistance for Emergency Medical Services Grants Program, known as the Rescue Squad Assistance Fund (RSAF) Grant Program is a multi-million dollar grant program for Virginia non-profit EMS agencies and organizations. Items eligible for funding include EMS equipment and vehicles, computers, EMS management programs, courses/classes and projects benefiting the recruitment and retention of EMS members.

The application deadline is twice each year: March 15 and September 15 (if the date falls on a weekend, the deadline is the Monday following the weekend). All Grant Applications MUST be submitted via the Internet.

What is eligible for funding?

OEMS is able to fund programs, projects, equipment, training and a variety of many other items.  The only items that are NOT eligible for funding can be found in the Virginia Emergency Medical Services Regulations, under 12VAC5-31-2920. Use of Funds. However, Virginia Code § 32.1-111.12. Virginia Rescue Squads Assistance Fund; disbursements, states that the purpose of RSAF is to provide "the requisite training for emergency medical service personnel and purchasing equipment needed by such rescue squads and organizations."

Is your agency applying for the re-chassis of an ambulance?

Consider the pricing when applying for a re-chassis – keep in mind the OEMS Price Listing.  Your agency needs to think about why they should re-chassis for a price that could be comparable to purchasing a new ambulance. Things to consider when purchasing an ambulance

Virginia Communications Index for Public Safety

VCIPS searchable database for communications grants that are available for funding throughout the Commonwealth.  This database will allow the user to identify communications equipment and training grants that are available through a variety of state agencies.  VCIPS takes a unique approach which will allow the user to piecemeal projects together from different funding sources to fund large communications projects from different disciplines (police, fire, EMS).  Please keep in mind that you will need to contact the website or the program administrator directly for accurate information this database is just a tool that can be used as a resource to locate grants for specific items.  For more information contact Amanda Davis at 804-888-9106 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Special Priorities

There are 5 Special Priorities that you may apply for during the grant cycle that will prioritize your application during the review process:

  1. Emergency Medical Dispatch
  2. Emergency Operations - All Communications equipment must be P25 Compliant - More Information
  3. Innovative (Special) Projects
  4. Multi-Jurisdictional or Agency Projects - Must submit a signed “LETTER OF AGREEMENT” from all parties (jurisdictions/agencies) listed in the grant request – agreement must include a brief description of the grant, intended purpose and agency and/or jurisdiction support of the project.
  5. Recruitment and Retention

More Grant Info:

Office of Emergency Medical Services
Attn: Amanda Davis - Grant Manager
1041 Technology Park Drive
Glen Allen, VA 23059-4500
1-800-523-6019 (VA only)
804-888-7515 (phone)
804-371-3108 (fax)

Please contact the Tidewater EMS Council if you need assistance in preparing your grant requests.

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