One of the critical functions of the Peninsulas EMS Council is to support our agencies in their pursuit of grant funding.  We accomplish this primarily through coordination of the Rescue Squad Assistance Fund (RSAF) grant program within the region.

Our support for the RSAF program is accomplished by:

  • Advertising the dates for the grant cycles as published by OEMS.
  • Assisting agencies with preparation of their grant requests.  This assistance can include a review a applications with recommendations for improvement or other assistance as requested.
  • Providing training to agencies on the grant submission process.
  • Evaluating and grading each grant submitted from the region with recommendations submitted to the Virginia Department of Health Financial Assistance Review Committee (FARC).  This review is performed by the PEMS RSAF Review Committee.  This committee is staffed by representatives from regional agencies experienced in the RSAF grant process who have been successful in acquiring grants within their agencies.  The Treasurer of the PEMS Board of Directors and a senior PEMS staff member also participate on the committee to provide guidance and support.

Please note that the starting with the Fall 2017 grant cycle, PEMS RSAF Review Committee meetings are no longer open to the public and agencies will not be presented with an opportunity to defend or discuss their grant applications with the RSAF Review Committee.  All grant applications will be graded on their merits as submitted.

When requested, PEMS is also prepared to assist agencies with other grant programs.

If you have questions concerning a grant opportunity or would like assistance in preparation or review of a grant, call 804-693-6234 or click here to email your request.

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~ Important Links ~

Virginia Rescue Squad Assistance Fund (RSAF) Grant Program

Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response Grants (Safer) Grant Program

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Rescue Squad Assistance Fund (RSAF) – December 2019 Cycle Grant Opportunity

The December 2019 cycle of RSAF is now open. Eligible applicants include nonprofit licensed EMS agencies and other Virginia EMS organizations operating on a nonprofit basis exclusively for the benefit of the general public pursuant to § 32.1-111.12 of the Code of Virginia. Eligible applicants must submit applications through E-GIFT by 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on September 16, 2019. Late applications will NOT be accepted.

RSAF Technical Assistance Webinar - OEMS will be conducting a webinar on 19 August to assist agencies with the preparation of grants.  Webinar information:

Thu, Aug 19, 2019 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM EDT
You can also dial in using your phone 

United States: +1 (872) 240-3212
Access Code: 653-206-141

PEMS Assistance - Peninsulas EMS Council staff are prepared to meet with agencies who desire assistance in preparing a grant submission or to provide an objective review of a completed, but not submitted proposal. 

Further information is available at HERE!

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