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

Emergency Medical and Trauma Services (EMTS) Provider and System Improvement Grants

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment - Emergency Medical and Trauma Services Branch

Agency: State

GrantWatch ID #150623

Grant Description

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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 planning, developing, implementing, maintaining, and enhancing the quality of emergency medical and trauma services.

System Improvement Funding: Categories include system improvement, technical assistance, conference support and regional medical direction. Requests in this category must include an evaluation component that allows the organization and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to evaluate the effectiveness and impact of the grant award.

For information about the above categories, see the System Improvement Categories section on Page 12 of the Funding Guide in Supporting Documents, below.

System improvement funding does not replace funding through the provider grants program. Projects that can be requested in a provider grant program category must apply there. Examples of this may include requests for training equipment, regional equipment requests or requests for personnel and salary support.

Provider Grants: Application categories include EMTS vehicles, communications, data collection, EMS and trauma equipment, injury prevention, personnel and services, recruitment and retention, and other.

For information about the above categories, see Page 17 of the Funding Guide in Supporting Documents, below.

For additional information about the above categories, see the Provider Grant Category Guidelines section beginning on Page 20 of the Funding Guide in Supporting Documents, below.

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Funds are available to organizations that have the provision of EMS and trauma services as their primary purpose. This generally includes ambulance services, first response agencies, acute care medical facilities, fire agencies, rescue groups, communications centers, training centers and other public or private providers of emergency medical and trauma services in Colorado.

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 (includes unmanned aerial vehicles), 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 (i.e. annual leave, paid holidays, sick leave, etc.)
- 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:

Several informational grant workshops are scheduled throughout January 2022. Visit to find a schedule of workshops and tentative application review schedule information.

Pre-Application Information:

Provider grant and system improvement funding applications are accepted from Dec.15 through Feb. 15 of each year. Applications are accepted via the EMTS ZoomGrants portal. To submit the pre-application, applicants must use an existing account or create a new account at Once the pre-application is approved by staff, access to the full application in ZoomGrants will be granted. Early submission of both the pre-application and full funding application is strongly encouraged.

The required pre-application deadline is Feb. 8. A complete pre-application must be submitted and approved before this date. Staff will review the pre-application for approval within 2 days of submission.

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

RETAC regional medical direction projects are due by March 15, 2022. RETACs will use this category to request an annual amount of up to $33,000. These requests will not be scored competitively with other system improvement funding requests and provider grant applications but reviewed for acceptance at the Public Policy and Finance Committee meeting in April 2022.

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

Funds are available on a reimbursement basis.

There are no match requirements for system improvement funding.

For provider grants, a standard 50 percent match is required but there is a financial waiver process for organizations that cannot meet the standard match requirement. For more information, see Page 15 of the Funding Guide in Supporting Documents, below.

Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Size of Grant:

System improvement funding: Up to ten percent of the total grant funds available can be awarded as system improvement funding, which could be anywhere between $0 and approximately $450,000. Within the system improvement funding allocation, up to $363,000 will be set aside for RETACs to apply for regional medical direction projects, leaving $87,000 for other system improvement awards.

Provider grants: Awards for EMTS vehicles and certain other equipment are limited to maximum amounts specified in the guidance. In addition, about $320,000 may be set aside this year to supplement RETAC statutory funding leaving approximately $3.7 million for other provider grant awards.

Term of Contract:

Awards will be issued after July 1, 2022. Funding will run until June 30, 2023. All projects must be completed and all items purchased and delivered by June 30, 2023.

Contact Information:

Apply online:

Technical Assistance Contacts:

André Smith

Eric Schmidt

RETAC Coordinators:

4300 Cherry Creek Drive South
Denver, CO 80246
303-692-2000 or 1-800-886-7689
TDD line for hearing impaired: 303-691-7700

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