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Rescue Squad Assistance Fund (RSAF) Grant Program (Virginia)

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    Funder Type

    State Government

    IT Classification

    B - Readily funds technology as part of an award


    Virginia Department of Health


    The primary goal of the Rescue Squad Assistance Fund (RSAF) is to financially assist governmental, volunteer and non-profit EMS agencies to purchase EMS equipment and vehicles and provide needed EMS programs and projects. RSAF is primarily a reimbursement grant that requires the grantee to make the purchase for the awarded item(s) and then submit an invoice for reimbursement.

    RSAF grants may be approved for the following:

    • Establishment of a new EMS agency, program, or service where needed to improve emergency medical services offered in an area;
    • Expansion or improvement of an existing EMS agency, program, or service;
    • Replacement of equipment or procurement of new equipment; or
    • Establishment, expansion or improvement of EMS training programs

    NOTE: OEMS maintains a list that represents an average price of EMS vehicles, EMS equipment, communications equipment, and EMS education programs frequently requested under RSAF. This list is based on current market pricing and is not all-inclusive. RSAF awards for items maintained on this list shall not exceed the approved amount


    History of Funding

    Previous awardees can be viewed at:

    Additional Information

    Funds cannot be used for:

    • Leased equipment or vehicle;
    • Equipment or vehicles secured by a lien;
    • Guarantees or warranties;
    • Used equipment or vehicles without prior approval; or
    • Fire suppression apparatus or law-enforcement equipment.


    Luke Parker

    Luke Parker
    P.O. Box 2448
    Richmond, VA 23218-2448
    (804) 888-9106

  • Eligibility Details

    Eligible applicants must be a Virginia non-profit agency/volunteer or governmental organization involved in emergency medical services (EMS). The Office of EMS recognizes two types of agencies or organizations that are eligible to apply for an RSAF grant:

    • A Licensed EMS Agency is an agency that is authorized by the Office of EMS to provide emergency medical services in the state as an EMS Agency; and
    • A Non-Licensed EMS Agency is an agency that is not authorized by the Office of EMS to provide emergency medical services in the state (e.g. Regional Council, Community College, Sheriffs Office, 911 Center, Volunteer Fire Department, etc.)

    Deadline Details

    Applications were be submitted by March 23, 2020.

    Award Details

    Award amounts vary. Cost sharing matching of 100% (dollar-for-dollar) is required. Applicants may reduce this match requirement to 20% in the instance of high financial need. Project periods may extend up to 12-months, beginning July 01, 2020.

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