Financing options for your service may seem bleak, but many fundraising opportunities (including grants) go unnoticed. Additionally, many EMS organizations are eligible for federal, state and corporate grants, but do not apply thinking they do not qualify. Consider designating a volunteer grant writer for your service.
Below are also resources to managing budgets and finances for your service.
Opportunities within the Office of Rural Health and Primary Care
The Office of Rural Health and Primary Care offers a range of grants, some of which can support EMS activities:
- Rural Hospital Capital Improvement Grant Program
- Minnesota Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Grant Program
- CFEMA & USFA: Funding Alternatives for Emergency Medical and Fire Services 2023 (PDF)
- Federal Health and Human Services Grants
- EMS1 Grants
Some fun and profitable ideas to try include bingo nights, raffles, stew suppers, barbeques, chicken plate sales, spaghetti dinners, pancake breakfasts, senior dances, comedy nights, police vs. EMS staff tournaments, 5K races, turkey trots, Christmas wreath sales, mass mailing fund drives, bake sales or secondhand sales.
Writing grant proposals
Recruit a volunteer grant writer for your service, or find out the basics for writing your own.