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Volunteer Rescue, EMS Fund

Grants to North Carolina EMS and Rescue Providers
for Equipment Purchases and Capital Improvements

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North Carolina Department of Insurance, Office of State Fire Marshal (SFM)

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Grants of up to $3,000 and grants of up to $25,000 to North Carolina emergency medical service and rescue providers for equipment purchases and other capital expenditures. Applicants may request support for an approved expenditures in categories such as vehicles, capital improvements, communications equipment, digital equipment, water rescue, hoses, wildland fire, and personal protective equipment.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 147569

Estimated Size of Grant:

Rescue Organizations shall match the grant on a dollar-for-dollar basis, up to $25,000. Organizations having cash assets over $1,000 may apply for the matching fund, up to $25,000. Organizations having cash assets less than $1,000 may apply for a non-matching grant, up to $3,000.

Term of Contract:

Applicants may not place orders prior to the December 15 announcement date.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants has been recognized by the Department as a rescue unit, a rescue/EMS unit, or an EMS unit.

-Rescue provider is all volunteer, with the exception of ten paid positions.
-Rescue provider is recognized by the Department of Insurance as a rescue or a rescue EMS provider.
-Rescue provider must meet the eligibility criteria of the NC Association of Rescue & EMS (NCAREMS) and/or NC Office of Emergency Medical Services (NC OEMS).
-County recognizes organization as providing rescue or rescue/EMS or EMS
-Rescue provider must be certified by the Office of Emergency Medical Service to request ALS equipment.

General Statute Definition of a Rescue Provider: "rescue" means the removal of individuals facing external, nonmedical, and nonpatient related peril to areas of relative safety. A "rescue unit" or "rescue squad" means a group of individuals who are not necessarily trained in emergency medical services, fire fighting, or law enforcement, but who expose themselves to an external, nonmedical, and nonpatient related peril to effect the removal of individuals facing the same type of peril to areas of relative safety.

For purposes of this grant, "emergency medical services" or "EMS" has the same meaning as in G.S. 131E-155(6). Unless otherwise more narrowly specified, and "EMS unit" means either (i) an EMS provider licensed under G.S. 131E-155.1 or (ii) a volunteer fire or fire/rescue department that is part of its county's EMS system plan. The unit or squad must comply with existing State statutes and with eligibility criteria established by the North Carolina Association of Rescue and Emergency Medical Services, Inc.

Equipment typically not considered for matching funds: Furniture, copiers, fax machines, manuals, land purchases, refurbish or upgrades to SCBA's, refurbish vehicles, refurbish communications equipment.

Pre-Application Information:

-August 1: All known rescue providers are notified online application is available
-October 1: Online applications must be submitted to the NC Dept. of Insurance
-December 15: Grant recipients are announced
-April 30: Invoice/Agreement forms are due to the NC Dept. of Insurance (a postmark date of April 30 is accepted, and certified mail is recommended)


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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit an application online:

Albemarle Building
325 N. Salisbury Street
Raleigh, NC

Mailing Address:
1202 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1202


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Geographic Focus:

USA: North Carolina