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Virginia Beach Rescue Squad Foundation Grant

Grants to Virginia Beach, Virginia Nonprofit EMS and
Rescue Agencies to Improve Organizational Operations

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Virginia Beach Rescue Squad Foundation

Deadline Date:

10/01/18 5:00 PM Postmark or Hand-Delivery


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Grants to Virginia Beach, Virginia nonprofit volunteer rescue and emergency medical support organizations to improve their organizational operations. Funding will support training and education, community awareness, and equipment related to pre-hospital emergency care.

Emergency Medical Services (EMS) applicable to the volunteer rescue squad system engage a wide range of social, political, technological and environmental issues. Open discourse between the City of Virginia Beach, its paid emergency services organizations, the volunteer rescue squads and the citizens of Virginia Beach is essential to study, understand and resolve the specific issues associated with integrating and operating a volunteer rescue squad system within the City’s paid emergency system. The Foundation supports and actively participates in innovative and thought-provoking investigations in planning; urban studies; and related fields of inquiry relative to solving the many complex and inter-related issues. Accordingly, the Foundation’s grant program focuses on providing the City’s volunteer rescue squad entities with a fiscal alternative that enables the volunteer rescue squad system to better provide the City of Virginia Beach with a balanced and effective EMS capability. With the Foundation’s support, the work of the individual rescue squad entities and their related support organizations will have the opportunity to improve their overall operational capability. Grants will be made to eligible volunteer rescue squad entities to sponsor training, equipment and community outreach related to pre-hospital emergency care in the following categories:

-Equipment and supplies
-Training and education
-Community awareness
-Capital expenditures
-Recruitment and retention

Criteria for Evaluation:

Given the Foundation’s mission, focus and priorities, grant proposals are evaluated according to the following criteria:
-Originality: The project demonstrates an innovative, challenging capability
-Potential for impact: The project makes a meaningful contribution to discourse and/or to the EMS field; expands knowledge; raises community awareness of a specific issue within the EMS spectrum
-Feasibility: The project has clear and realistic goals, timeframe, work plan, and budget demonstrating that the grant funds will be utilized efficiently and effectively
-Applicability: The pre-hospital care component is clearly defined with stated need(s) and outcome(s)

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 174623

Term of Contract:

Grant support is generally authorized on a year to year basis; however, in exceptional situations and at the discretion of the Board of Directors, the Foundation may offer grant support for multi-year projects. In these instances, grants must be completed within two years of notification of award.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Foundation will normally only consider requests for grants that are submitted by qualified volunteer rescue squad entities or related emergency medical support organizations (e.g., Rescue Dive Team, Rescue Council, etc.) that predominantly serve the City of Virginia Beach.

In exceptional circumstances, the Foundation’s Board of Directors may at their discretion authorize grants for specific projects that are intended to support integrated EMS activities for the Hampton Roads region to include the cities of Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk, and Virginia Beach. In these exceptional circumstances, approval will be subject to the provision of matching funds from qualified public charities or similar organizations serving the majority of the cities within the Hampton Roads region.

Only 501(c) (3) tax exempt organizations are eligible for funding. In exceptional circumstances the Foundation may make grants to other entities when there is clear evidence that the greater public interest will be served, for example, in the case of an emerging organization that does not yet have tax exempt status.

Applicants who have received prior Foundation support must have satisfied all grant requirements for the previous grant before reapplying.

The Foundation does not typically authorize grants that do not align with its mission, focus and priorities. Requests to fund projects that are associated with the following purposes are likely to be denied:
-Direct expenditures for routine operations i.e. salaries or related programs
-Recovery of indirect project costs
-Debt reduction
-Ongoing operational support
-Procure books, research papers or articles published in professional journals
-Medical research projects or medical procedures unless they are related to emergency medical services that
benefit a broad base of the community
-Annual fund drives
-Event-underwriting expenses
-Travel expenses or fees for special events, conferences or conventions
-Projects normally the responsibility of Federal, State or City government
-Purposes outside of the Foundation's funding priorities as described in the previous sections

The Foundation will not consider requests submitted from the following categories of organizations:
-Political lobbying activities or other political purposes
-Religious organizations
-Private foundations
-Government agencies
-Fraternal organizations, veterans' organizations, professional associations, and similar membership groups

Pre-Application Information:

The Foundation will normally consider one grant application per volunteer rescue squad entity each fiscal year (January 1 – December 31). Grant awards are made annually in January. Applications must be either postmarked or hand-delivered no later than 5 pm, Monday, October 1, 2018, for the Foundation’s consideration in December. No electronic submissions will be accepted.

On or about the first week in August, the Foundation will provide each of the volunteer rescue squad entities in the City of Virginia Beach with a grant application package. Receipt of this package will serve as official notification of the commencement of the Foundation’s grant program for the succeeding year in accordance with the grant cycle discussed above. Rescue squad entities considering applying for a grant should refer to the Grant Application
Package for detailed instructions on how to apply for a grant.

Eligible candidates interested in applying for a grant from the Foundation must submit the Grant Application Form included with the Grant Application Package. The application must be postmarked by 1 October of the year prior to when the grant is required in order to be eligible for consideration. Close coordination between the applicant and the Foundation’s staff is important during this phase and is strongly encouraged by the Foundation. Applicants should contact the Foundation via telephone or e-mail with any questions pertaining to the application process.

Matching Grant Funds:

The Foundation welcomes collaboration with other grant-makers and favors applicant organizations with multiple sources of support. To this end, the Foundation will consider grant applications seeking matching funds for applicable EMS developmental programs and capital projects that meet the eligibility requirements described above.

All matching pledges and related gifts from sponsoring organizations must be received (and pledges fulfilled) during the Foundation’s specified grant period. Unrestricted gifts donated by third-parties without limitations on their use may be eligible for matching, but the total of such unrestricted gifts may not exceed the grant limits specified herein. Restricted gifts must be in response to or in anticipation of a specified Foundation grant. Sponsors of restricted gifts must be aware that their gifts will be used to match a Foundation grant and that their gifts will be used to support the purposes outlined in the approved Foundation grant application.

Certain types of gifts, such as real estate, earned income, in-kind gifts, bequests, and other instruments of planned giving, are subject to special Federal and State limitations and conditions and are not eligible for matching.

Contact Information:

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

Please contact Gina Benefiel, Executive Director of the Virginia Beach Rescue Squad Foundation, with any questions relating to the application process.

Virginia Beach Rescue Squad Foundation
740 Virginia Beach Boulevard
Virginia Beach, VA 23451

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Virginia: City of Virginia Beach