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Rescue Squad Assistance Fund (RSAF) General Grant Program

Grants to Virginia Nonprofit and Governmental
First Responders for Qualifying Purchases

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Virginia Department of Health, Virginia Office of EMS

Deadline Date:

09/16/20 5:00 PM


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Grants to Virginia nonprofit and governmental first responders who meet eligibility specifications to support qualifying purchases. Funding is intended to defray the costs of purchasing equipment and vehicles. Funding is also intended to provide necessary programs and projects. Special priorities for funding include:

  • Migration to VPHIB’s version 3 (VAv3) 
  • Emergency Medical Dispatch (EMD)
  • Emergency Operations
  • Innovative (Special) Projects
  • Multi-Jurisdictional/Agency Projects (MJAP)
  • Recruitment and Retention

RSAF grants may be approved for the following:

  1. Establishment of a new EMS agency, program, or service where needed to improve emergency medical services offered in an area;
  2. Expansion or improvement of an existing EMS agency, program, or service;
  3. Replacement of equipment or procurement of new equipment; or
  4. Establishment, expansion or improvement of EMS training programs
The Rescue Squad Assistance Fund (RSAF) is a multi-million dollar matching grant program for Virginia governmental, volunteer and nonprofit EMS agencies and organizations to provide financial assistance based on demonstrated need. Funding is also recommended on the documented need of the specific item being requested. The primary goal of this program is to financially assist governmental, volunteer and nonprofit EMS agencies to purchase EMS equipment and vehicles and provide needed EMS programs and projects.

For more information on the special priorities for funding, see

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 168340

Term of Contract:

Grant awards are for a 12 month period beginning July 1 through June 30, and January 1 through December 31, respectively.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligibility and Requirements:

1. Applicant must be a Virginia nonprofit agency/volunteer or governmental organization involved in emergency medical services (EMS).

2. Applicant must submit verification of its Federal Identification Number (FIN).

3. Applicant must submit a copy (1st page only) of the most recent Federal Tax Return from the IRS (Form 990). If your tax return is not received before the end of the grant cycle and no extension has been granted, your grant will be considered expired and you will not receive your reimbursement.

4. Applications submitted with line items less than $500.00 will be disqualified.

5. Applications must submit a quote with each item requested.

6. All Multi-Jurisdictional/Agency Grants must submit a signed Letter of Agreement from all parties participating in the grant project stating the intended purpose of the project and the support of the project.

7. All Communications Equipment Grants must be P25 Compatible

8. All requests shall comply with applicable plans, policies, procedures and guidelines adopted by the State EMS Advisory Board.

9. Separate and specific eligibility requirements for specific programs are covered in their respective sections.

Items Not Eligible for Funding can be found at

Pre-proposal Conference:

RSAF Spring 2020 Technical Assistance Webinar
- Tue, Feb 25, 2020 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM (EST)

You can also dial in using your phone.
United States: +1 (571) 317-3122
Access Code: 583-301-013

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Pre-Application Information:

Deadlines for submission of applications are March 15 and September 15 at 5:00 PM. If the deadline falls on a weekend, state or federal holiday, the application must be received by 5:00 PM.

Notification to awardees will be placed on the E-GIFT on July 1 and January 1.

All applications MUST be submitted via the E-Gift Application.

Each applicant can submit a maximum of one application, but may request funding for multiple items and/or 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.

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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.

Apply online through E-Gift:

Direct questions to:
Luke Parker, Grants Manager

Virginia Department of Health
Office of Emergency Medical Services
1041 Technology Park Drive
Glen Allen, Virginia 23059

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