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Grants to Washington, DC IHEs to Establish and Conduct a Paramedic Training Program

FEMS Paramedic 2024 Grant


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Funding Source
District of Columbia Department of Employment Services (DOES)
Funding or PIN Number: FEMS-Paramedic-2024
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Geographic Focus
USA: Washington, DC

Important Dates
Deadline: 12/08/23 3:00 PM Save

Grant Description
Grants to Washington, DC nonprofit colleges and universities to establish and conduct a paramedic certificate program. Funding is intended to create a local training program that would provide employment for District residents while increasing the available paramedic workforce.

The District of Columbia Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department (DC Fire and EMS) has a credo of the B.A.S.I.C.S. (Bravery, Accountability, Safety, Integrity, Compassion, and Service). As part of this, the Mayor's office is seeking a university to partner in the creation and development of a for-credit paramedic certificate program prior to September 30, 2024. The vision is to have a District-based, accredited training program that can both provide a pathway to the middle class for District residents and help address the shortage of paramedic professionals at DC Fire and EMS.

The program that the university develops should strive for CAAHEP accreditation, by achieving CoAEMSP LoR status and DC Health certification, prior to starting the first cohort. The program should follow the National Standard Curriculum and is responsible for finding its own program director and medical director who meet CoAEMSP standards. DC Fire and EMS paramedics may be available to be hired as adjunct instructors for the program at the university’s standard adjunct rate.

The university must be prepared to work with DC Fire and EMS regarding scheduling of classes, so as not to interfere with DC Fire and EMS shifts (we pledge to supply up to 50% of each cohort with existing DC Fire and EMS EMTs who need to upskill). It must also be prepared to have a robust Quality Assurance (QA) relationship, in which the Department’s suggestions improve the educational program.

The program must also offer extensive and intensive tutoring and mentoring, as well as any required English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and/or remedial coursework and wraparound student support services. In order to provide the aforementioned pathway to the middle class for District residents, the university should be prepared to create and sustain an EMT program or create an articulation agreement with an extant EMT program (such as is offered through select DCPS high schools and DC Fire and EMS). The university should also have a relationship with a hospital such that paramedic students can do the clinical portion of their education. 

For information regarding program components, see:

Eligible Expenses:

  • Personnel
  • Fringe
  • Equipment
  • Materials & Supplies
  • Contractual Services
  • Other Direct Costs
  • Indirect Costs


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Organizations that are eligible to apply for this grant include DC-located non-profit, regionally accredited colleges and universities.

For the purpose of this RFA, all applicants shall provide services in the District of Columbia.

Program Eligibility:
1. Non-profit, 501(c) 3, regionally accredited university;
2. Physically located in the District of Columbia;
3. Preexisting staff to support the program, or the ability to hire program staff in a timely manner;
4. Demonstrated experience with medical and/or allied health programs;
5. Proof of attendance at or registration for a CoAEMSP Accreditation Workshop;
6. Ability to achieve LoR status with CoAEMSP, achieve DC Health certification, and initiate first cohort prior to September 30, 2024;
7. Eagerness to work closely with DC Fire and EMS, including on schedule for the program and field experience;
8. Proven ability to offer comprehensive student support services, including tutoring, mentoring, remedial assistance, and robust wraparound student support;
9. Ability to create and run an EMT program that is open to the public, or the willingness to create an articulation agreement with a DC public high school (or some other entity) that currently has an EMT program;
10. Proven relationship with at least one hospital for clinical rotations;
11. Ability to scale up to a target of 100 students per year within 3 years;
12. Demonstrated experience with specialized accreditation (preferred);
13. Proximity to public transportation (preferred); and
14. Demonstrated experience with historically marginalized/underserved populations (preferred).

For information regarding university partners, see:

For additional eligibility information, see:

Food for staff or participants enrolled in the program is not an allowable expense under this grant.

Pre-Proposal Conference
Pre-Application Meeting
Room: Virtual
Date: November 22, 2023
11:00 a.m.

Please email the contact, below if you will be attending the pre-application meeting.

Pre-Application Information
Application deadline: Monday, December 8, 2023 by 3:00 PM.

For additional relevant links and forms, see:

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants
DOES intends to issue at least one award. DOES, however, reserves the right to make additional awards or no awards pending availability of funds and quantity and quality of applications.

Term of Contract
The “Paramedic Certificate Program” grant will operate from date of award until September 30, 2024. If an applicant feels it may require additional funding in future years, please indicate the request, including justification for the request, in the application.

Contact Information

To RSVP to the Pre-Application Meeting, email

Demetries Saunders

Government of the District of Columbia
DC Muriel Bowser, Mayor
1350 Pennsylvania
Avenue, NW, Suite 332,
Washington, DC 20004

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