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Emergency Medical and Trauma Services (EMTS) Provider Grant

Grants to Colorado Emergency Medical Service
Providers to Improve Services and Capacity

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Grants to Colorado emergency medical service providers to improve services throughout the state. Applicants must submit a pre-proposal prior to applying. Funding is intended for a range of purposes including but not limited to communications, EMS vehicles, EMS and trauma equipment, injury prevention data collection, recruitment and retention, and personnel and services.

The available categories are:

  • EMTS vehicle. Use this category to request an ambulance or a rescue vehicle. 
  • Communications. Use this category to request radios, pagers, and other communication system components. 
  • Data collection. Use this category to request hardware and software for the collection of patient care information to meet state EMS and trauma reporting requirements. This is limited to electronic patient care reporting and data collection systems for prehospital providers, electronic medical record systems for emergency departments, and trauma care reporting systems for designated trauma centers.
  • EMTS Equipment. Use this category to request EMS and trauma care equipment
  • Consolidated equipment. Applicants interested in coordinating or participating in a consolidated grant for physical goods, use this category. These grants have typically offered cost reductions for certain types of durable equipment.
  • Injury prevention. Use this category to request funds that address injury prevention needs where projects use evidence-based information for a community injury prevention or health and wellness initiative. 
  • Personnel and services. Use this category to request personnel expenses to be provided by an independent contractor or employee of your organization. Eligible expenses may include contractor fees, employee salary and certain benefits, operating supplies, and costs of essential business travel provided they are justified and approved in the grant award.
  • Recruitment/retention. Use this category to request personnel recruitment/retention projects. 
  • Other. Use this category if none of the above specific categories fit your request.   

For additional information about eligible project categories, see the Categories section beginning on Page 20 of the Guidelines in Supporting Documents, below.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 150623

Term of Contract:

Awards will be issued following July 1, 2021. Funding will run until June 30, 2012. All projects must be completed and all items purchased and delivered by June 30, 2012.


  • Agency of the county or other local government
  • Institutions of Higher Education; IHE(s)
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS
  • Private institutions of higher education
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • See RFP and/or Grant Guidelines for full eligibility

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The provider grants program awards funds to emergency medical and trauma service providers.

These programs may not be used to fund any of the following:
- Land acquisition or the purchase, construction, renovation, maintenance, or improvements to buildings and grounds
- Aircraft, fire apparatus, hazardous materials response vehicles, law enforcement vehicles, or vehicles used primarily for supervisory or administrative purposes
- Fire suppression equipment
- New ambulances, used ambulances, and ambulance remounts that are NOT constructed by a final stage manufacturer registered with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
- Disposable supplies and pharmaceuticals
- Wage or salary costs for personnel while attending training or other educational offerings
- Paid employee leave
-Uniforms and clothing (i.e. sweats, t-shirts, fire bunker gear)
- Promotional items (give-a-ways, pens, coffee cups, etc.) personal care services, personal travel or recreation (i.e. gift cards, ski passes, spa visits)
- Catering costs, alcoholic beverages or entertainment expenses
- Extended warranties or service contracts
- Any costs related to the writing of the grant
- Political expenses
- Any purchases made prior to the issuance of a fully executed contract or purchase order
- Any purchases made after a contract or purchase order expiration date

Pre-proposal Conference:

EMTS will hold grant workshops throughout January 2021. These workshops aim to educate potential applicants about the EMTS funding process. Attendees will learn how to apply and will be allowed to ask questions to the staff.

Five workshops are scheduled throughout January. Workshop schedules will be posted on the website soon.

Pre-Application Information:

Applicants must create or use an existing ZoomGrants account to submit the application.

Before the full application can be submitted, a pre-application must be approved by EMTS staff. Approval of the pre-application is required before work can start on the full grant application. The required pre-application deadline is Feb. 8, 2021.

Those who submit the financial pre-application after this date will not be allowed to apply. Staff will review the pre-application for approval within 2 days of submission. The final application deadline is midnight on Feb. 15, 2021.

Important program dates
- December 16: Provider and system improvement grant application period opens
- January 1-30: Educational grant workshops held
- February 8: Pre-application deadline
- February 15: Provider and system improvement grant application period closes
- February 24: Financial waiver review session
- March 10 - April 21: 11 Regional grant reviews are conducted -
- May 13 and 14: SEMTAC grant review sessions
- June 30: Grant awards public notice announced

All agencies applying for EMTS funding must update their EMTS organizational profile information form. An organizational profile gatekeeper must be established to submit updates to your profile. For more information, see

If funded, provider grant awardees must provide matching funds. The standard match is 50% of the project cost. All items or services must be delivered and paid in full to be eligible for reimbursement.

A waiver to the standard 50% match is available. Applicants can apply for a reduced match of 40, 30, 20, or 10 percent. Those that wish to apply for a financial waiver are required to answer additional questions and provide financials in the grant application. A financial waiver hearing is conducted to determine if the applicant will be granted the requested financial waiver.

Contact Information:

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

Apply at:

Eric Schmidt, EMTS Funding Section Manager
Office: 303-692-6491 | Cell: 720-467-8342

Andre Smith, EMTS Funding and Communications Coordinator

4300 Cherry Creek Drive South
Denver, CO 80246
303-692-2000 or 1-800-886-7689
TDD line for hearing impaired: 303-691-770

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