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Emergency Medical Services Grant Program

Grants to Montana EMS Providers to
Purchase Vehicles and Equipment

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Montana Department of Transportation (MDT)

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Grants to Montana emergency medical service providers to acquire vehicles and equipment. Funding may be requested for ambulances and other emergency response vehicles, as well as equipment required for communication, training, and medical care. Eligible equipment includes the following:

Training Equipment:
Training equipment includes materials used to provide training to receive and maintain relevant EMS certifications. Training equipment may include, but is not limited to, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) manikins, automated external defibrillator (AED) manikins and defibrillators, and DVD training kits.

Communication Equipment:
Grants for communication equipment must be compliant with the interoperability definition that regulates public safety radio communication in Montana. This allows public safety emergency responders to work seamlessly with other communication systems. Eligible communication equipment would include portable radios and base units and vehicle radios, as defined in ARM 37.104.201.

Monitoring Equipment:
Monitoring equipment includes, but is not limited to, an AED, cardiac monitor, endotracheal tube kit, chest tube pump and intraosseous kit, as found in an Advanced Life Support Kit (ARM 37.86.2601(6)(e)); Supporting documentation of the AED written plan, (ARM 37.104.604), and proof of certification of the AED medical supervisor, (ARM 37.104.601 (3)), is required before purchase can be authorized.

Medical Patient Care Equipment:
Eligible supplies would consist of reusable or one-time use, including but not limited to those items found in a Safety and Extrication Kit, (ARM 37.104.205), or a Transportation Equipment Kit -- supplies as defined in ARM 37.104.206.

Eligible Vehicles:
- Eligible ambulances, including aircraft or emergency response vehicles, for purchase or lease must be maintained and used for the sole purpose of responding to emergency medical calls and to transport patients, (MCA 61-2-502 (2)(a)(7)(a)).
- Purchase or lease of a new ambulance must follow the specifications as defined by the Department of Health and Human Services, ARM 37.104.305. Aircraft includes any fixed-wing airplane or helicopter used or designed for navigation of, or flight in the air, (MCA 67-1-101).

The following is a description of weighted criteria that will be used in review of the applications:
1. Demonstrated need for requested equipment or vehicles or aircraft by providing information on the following points (50%):
- Identify gaps in service and how the resources requested will fill these gaps.
- Define need by providing a brief statement of resources needed. Explain what each resource will do to improve patient care.
- Attach budget documentation to demonstrate the need for financial assistance and applicant’s ability to meet the 10% (MCA 61-2-503(4)) match requirement.
- List current equipment and resources, including number, age, and mileage of ambulances in fleet.
2. Percentage of vehicular related medical calls (25%),
3. Total number of calls in the previous calendar year (5%),
4. Size of geographic area in square miles and boundary lines (5%),
5. Distance, in miles, from other emergency medical service providers in the geographic region, or the nearest public EMS provider (5%),
6. Distance, in miles, in traveled service area to the closest hospital (5%),
7. Percentage of volunteer emergency medical technicians on the active duty roster (5%).
8. Receipt of previous grant award(s). (Deduction of 5 points per time funded from total score (maximum of 15 points).

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GrantWatch ID#: 181443

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

MDT will award grants to emergency medical service providers.

An emergency medical service provider must be a provider certified by the Department of Health and Human Services (MCA 50-6-306).

Eligible emergency medical service providers for this grant are defined as being in operation for at least the 12 previous months (MCA 61-2-503(2) (a)). The provider must bill for services at a level at least equivalent to Medicare billing (2) (b) and the majority (51%) or greater of active emergency medical technicians must be volunteer emergency medical technicians (2) (c). An emergency medical service provider is ineligible for grant funding if it is a private business or a public agency and employs the majority of its emergency medical technicians on a regular basis with a regular hourly wage (3). EMT’s receiving stipends or payments per call are classified as volunteer for this grant program.

Normal or scheduled replacement of equipment or vehicles may not be considered an emergency situation. Routine or basic equipment such as disposable, single use, and personal protective equipment (PPE) are not eligible for funding.

Pagers are ineligible for this program.

Pre-Application Information:

The application period will close June 30, 2018.

Grant recipients are required to provide a ten percent match for any grant funds received.

Equipment for successful grantees will be purchased according to state procurement laws. The purchasing of the equipment requested will be handled through MDT.

Contact Information:

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

Online application:

Chad Newman

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Montana