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Emergency Medical Services Grants

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    4052 Bald Cypress Way Bin A-22 

    Tallahassee, FL 32399 

Emergency Medical Services Grants 

Section 401.113, Florida Statutes (F.S.), gives authority to the Florida Department of Health to dispense funds contained in the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Trust Fund to counties via county, matching, and rural grants. These grants are to improve and expand prehospital emergency medical services in the state. Funds deposited into the EMS Trust Fund are dispensed annually as follows:

County Grants
Forty-five (45) percent of the monies are divided among Florida’s 67 counties according to the proportion of the combined amount deposited in the trust fund from the county. These funds may not be used to match grant funds.

Matching Grants
Forty (40) percent of the monies are available to local agencies, municipalities, emergency medical services organizations, and youth athletic organizations for the purpose of conducting research, increasing existing levels of emergency medical services, evaluation, community education, injury-prevention programs, and training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and other lifesaving and first aid techniques. Applications for matching grants are accepted annually from October–February.

Matching grants are contingent upon the recipient providing a cash sum equal to 25 percent of the total grant amount approved by the Department. For example, if an agency is awarded $10,000, the Department would provide $7,500 (75%) to the agency and the recipient’s required contribution would be $2,500 (25%).

Rural Grants
No more than 10 percent of the monies are available to rural EMS agencies. These monies may also be used for improvement, expansion, or continuation of services provided. For example, if an agency is awarded $10,000, the Department would provide $9,000 (90%) to the agency and the recipient’s required contribution would be $1,000 (10%).


County Grants 2023–2024 

Paragraph (a) of Subsection 401.113 (2), Florida Statutes
ANNOUNCEMENT: County governments are now able to request their new amounts of emergency medical services (EMS) county grant funds for the 2023–2024 cycle. The amount of funds for each county this year is in the Total Column of the Table at the following link: County Amounts 2023-2024.

To obtain the funds, the county must appropriately complete and send to the state: (1) the two-page application form, (2) the Request for Grant Fund Distribution page, and (3) a resolution described in Item number 4 of the application form.

The application packet can be accessed at the following link: EMS County Grant Application.

You may send the completed application, with signatures, by email attachment to the following email address: EMS@flhealth.gov

Alternatively, you may mail the completed original application and one copy to: Florida Department of Health, EMS County Grants, 4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin A-22, Tallahassee, FL 32399-1722.

Deadline: Florida Department of Health's EMS Section should receive your completed application by Wednesday, January 31, 2024, or by 10 days after the ending date of your prior grant of this same type – whichever is later.


Matching/Rural Grants 2023–2024 

Paragraph (b) of Subsection 401.113 (2), Florida Statutes

ANNOUNCEMENT: We are now accepting new matching/rural grant applications for the 2023–2024 cycle.

The application packet with all necessary forms is available at the following link: EMS Matching Grant Application

You may send the completed application by email attachment to the following email address: EMS@flhealth.gov

Alternatively, you may mail the completed original application and one copy to: Florida Department of Health, EMS Matching Grants, 4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin A-22, Tallahassee, FL 32399-1722.

Deadline: Florida Department of Health’s EMS Section should receive your completed application by Friday, February 16, 2024.