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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Fall 2018 RSAF Grant Cycle is Open!

The financial assistance for Emergency Medical Services Grants Program, known as the Rescue Squad Assistance Fund (RSAF) Grant Program is a multi-million dollar grant program for Virginia non-profit EMS agencies and organizations. Items eligible for funding include EMS equipment and vehicles, computers, EMS management programs, courses/classes and projects benefiting the recruitment and retention of EMS members.

The Fall 2018 RSAF grant cycle is open from 1 August to 17 September, 2018. 

Items eligible for funding include EMS equipment and vehicles, computers, EMS management programs, courses/classes and projects benefiting the recruitment and retention of EMS members.  The General Fund has the least restrictions and the most funds available. If your grant request doesn’t fall in one of the following categories then it belongs under general.  The Office of EMS has developed several initiatives including:

  •  Migration to VPHIB Version 3 (VAv3) Requirements
  •  Recruitment and Retention
  •  Emergency Medical Dispatch (Hardware, Software and Training)
  •  Emergency Operations (MCI trailer, vehicles, deployment, equipment)
  •  Innovative (Special) Projects (communications, EMS improvement, Special Training)
  •  Multi-Jurisdictional or Multi-Agency Projects (Communications, Training, EMS System improvement)

The RSAF grant program is now web-based and no longer requires a software download.  For more information, please see the Office of EMS website at:

The deadline for submitting your grant, affirmation page and quote(s) to the Office of EMS is September 17, 2018 at 5 P.M.

As always, PEMS will offer assistance to agencies in preparing grant requests and is willing to preview grant requests.  Contact us at 804-693-6234 or click here to email a request for assistance.

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