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Rural Emergency Medical Services Training Grant

This funding record is inactive. Please see the program website or contact the program sponsor to determine if this program is currently accepting applications or will open again in the future.

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number: 93.243
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Feb 14, 2022

For programmatic or technical questions:
Humberto Carvalho

For grants management or budget questions:

For grant review process and application status questions contact:
Cynthia Riddick


The Rural Emergency Medical Services Training Grant (Short Title: EMS Training) provides funding to recruit and train emergency medical services personnel in rural areas with a focus on addressing mental and substance use disorders.

Required activities include:

  • Train EMS personnel to maintain licenses and certifications relevant to serve in an EMS agency
  • Conduct courses that qualify graduates to serve in an EMS agency
  • Fund specific training to meet federal or state licensing or certification requirements
  • Ensure EMS personnel are trained on mental and substance use disorders and caring for people with such disorders in emergency situations
  • Acquire emergency medical services equipment
  • Purchase of the opioid overdose antidote Naloxone and train EMS personnel on the use in emergency opioid overdose situations

Additional allowable activities include:

  • Recruit EMS personnel, which may include volunteer personnel
  • Develop new ways to educate emergency healthcare providers through the use of technology-enhanced educational methods
  • Acquire personal protective equipment for emergency medical services personnel as required by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
  • Purchase, distribution, and training on the use of fentanyl test strips
  • Provide or fund training for motivational interviewing

Eligible applicants include rural emergency medical service agencies operated by local or tribal governments (fire-based and non-fire based) and nonprofit emergency medical service agencies.

Geographic coverage
Amount of funding

Award ceiling: $200,000
Project period: 1 year
Estimated number of awards: 27
Estimated total program funding: $5,400,000

Application process

Links to the full announcement, application instructions, and the online application process are available through and the SAMHSA website.

Tagged as
Emergency department and urgent care services · Emergency medical services · Emergency medical technicians and paramedics · Health workforce education and training · Illicit drug use · Licensure and certification of health professionals · Prescription drug misuse · Recruitment and retention of health professionals · Substance use and misuse

Organizations (2)

  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, view details
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, view details

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