Advancing the EMS profession

Federal Funding Opportunities

EMS is eligible to secure a variety of federal grants through a variety of federal agencies to support its needs to provide quality patient care in its community. NAEMT has developed a list of funding opportunities with direct access to the grant web page. Below are the required actions to be able to apply for a federal grant.

Register with SAM and

First, you must register with the System for Award Management ( to obtain a Unique Entity Identifier (UEI). The UEI is a 12-character alphanumeric identifier assigned to all entities (public and private companies, individuals, institutions, or organizations) to do business with the Federal Government. Organizations must designate an E-Business Point of Contact (EBiz POC). It can take 7-10 business days to complete the registration process. There is no fee for registering with SAM.

Second, register with where you can find and apply for grants. Be sure to register with after your SAM registration is fully completed. registration is usually completed by the end of the session. There is no fee for registering with

Visit The Learn Grants Web page
Learn Grants provides information about successfully navigating every phase of the grant management process.

Register with Grants.Gov
Register with Grants.Gov to set up grant filters and be notified when Notice for Funding Opportunities (NOFO) are released.


Funding Opportunity

Funding Description


NOFO Release Timeframe

US Department of Transportation FY24 Stage 1 SMART Grant NOFO  The Strengthening Mobility and Revolutionizing Transportation (SMART) is a discretionary grant program with $100 million appropriated annually for fiscal years (FY) 2022-2026. SMART is a two-stage program. Stage 1(up to $2,000,000 dollars and 18 months) grants are open for any eligible entity to apply. Recipients of Stage 1 grants will be eligible to expand their projects through Stage 2 grants (up to $15,000,000 and 36 months). Applicants must have received a Stage 1 grant to apply to Stage 2. The SMART program was established to provide grants to eligible public sector agencies to conduct demonstration projects focused on advanced smart community technologies and systems to improve transportation efficiency and safety.
  • a State;
  • a political subdivision of a State;
  • a federally recognized Tribal government;
  • a public transit agency or authority;
  • a public toll authority;
  • a metropolitan planning organization; or
  • a group of two or more eligible entities applying through a single
  • lead applicant (Group Application).
NOFO Release Timeframe: Stage 1 Open Now through July 12 

DOT Safe Streets and Roads for All (SS4A) Grant Program

Improving first responder services with improved crash data collection, formalizing street names and addressing, and enhancing emergency vehicle warning systems.

  • A political subdivision of a State or territory, defined in the fiscal year (FY) 2023 Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) as a unit of government created under the authority of State law. This includes cities, towns, counties, special districts, certain transit agencies, and similar units of local government created under State law.
  • A federally recognized Tribal government.
  • Metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs).
  • multijurisdictional group of entities from the ones described above (select one lead applicant from group).


Mid-First Quarter of Calendar Year

BJA Public Safety Officers' Benefits Program

Providing death and education benefits to survivors of fallen law enforcement officers, firefighters, and other first responders, and disability benefits to officers catastrophically injured in the line of duty.

  • Law Enforcement
  • Firefighters
  • First Responders


FEMA Assistance to Firefighters Grants

The primary goal of the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) is to meet the firefighting and emergency response needs of fire departments and non-affiliated emergency medical service organizations. The AFG helps firefighters and other first responders obtain critically needed equipment, protective gear, emergency vehicles, training and other resources necessary for protecting the public and emergency personnel from fire and related hazards.

  • Fire departments
  • State fire training academies
  • Emergency medical service organizations

First Quarter of Calendar Year

Rural Emergency Medical Services Training

The purpose of this program is to recruit and train EMS personnel in rural areas with a particular focus on addressing substance use disorders (SUD) and co-occurring disorders (COD) substance use and mental disorders. SAMHSA recognizes the great need for emergency services in rural areas and the critical role EMS personnel serve across the country.

Rural emergency medical service agencies operated by a local or tribal government (fire-based and non-fire based) and rural non-profit emergency medical service agencies.

First Quarter of Calendar Year

HRSA Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Program – Emergency Medical Services Supplement

The purpose of the EMS Supplement is to enable states to establish or expand programs for the provision of rural EMS by strengthening the EMS workforce in rural areas through recruitment, retention, and financial and operational strategies. The EMS Supplement intends to address and improve EMS workforce challenges in rural areas by offering support and resources to communities struggling with workforce shortages and inconsistent billing practices.

Eligible applicants are state recipients funded under HRSA-24-002, Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Program cooperative agreement.

First Quarter of Calendar Year

HRSA Emergency Medical Services for Children State Partnership

The purpose of this program is to support demonstration projects for the expansion and improvement of emergency medical services for children who need treatment for trauma or critical care.

  • State governments (State EMS Offices)
  • Accredited schools of medicine in US

Mid-Third Quarter of Calendar Year

CISA List of Federal Financial Assistance Programs Funding Emergency Communications   The resource includes both newly-released programs and closed funding opportunities to show what is available now and what annual programs may soon be released. CISA updates this resource as frequently as every week with grant programs that have emergency communications allowable costs. Check out the Fiscal Year 2024 SAFECOM Guidance on Emergency Communications Grants (SAFECOM Guidance) which provides current information on national policies, eligible costs, best practices, and technical standards for state, local, tribal, and territorial grant recipients investing federal funds in emergency communications projects: View eligibility per funding opportunity.  See each funding opportunity. 


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