Rural Hospital Flexibility: EMS Sustainability Project SFY 2018-2019

DHHS Division/Office issuing this notice: Office of Rural Health 

Date of this notice: October 11, 2018

Working Title of the funding program: 2018 Rural Hospital Flexibility – EMS Sustainability Project

Purpose- Description of function of the program and reason why it was created:
The Rural Hospital Flexibility Program (Flex Program) is a federal grant program directed to State Offices of Rural Health to support:

•    Improving the quality of health care provided in communities served by Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs)
•    Improving the financial and operational performance of CAHs
•    Developing collaborative regional and local delivery systems in CAH communities
•    Facilitating the establishment of CAHs

The purpose of this project is to develop a community paramedicine program and leverage the work to improve patient’s health.  The decrease in emergency department volume would indicate improved health.  

Description- Brief statement of nature and scope of the program:
This competitive grant will be awarded to organizations that create a plan to perform one of the following activities: 

(1)    Complete education and training with local EMS partners
(2)    Educate local healthcare providers on tracking/trending of patient data
(3)    Arrange for local partners to collaborate on this project
(4)    Develop a plan to sustain the program in the future

Funding Availability:  

November 15, 2018 through August 31, 2019.
Successful grantees may receive up to $52,631 during the grant period. The maximum total grant award cannot exceed $52,631.  All funding must be expended by August 31, 2019. 
All applicants will need to complete the grant application, budget template, and contractor information sheet.

How to Apply:   

1. Complete application electronically
2. Submit budget electronically using document links at the bottom of this page.

Electronic applications should be emailed to: 

Deadline for Submission:   
Grant applications must be received electronically at the email address above by 5:00 pm on Friday, October 19, 2018.  Only electronic copies will be accepted. 

How to Obtain Further Information:
Questions regarding the grant application may be directed to Nick Galvez, Rural Hospital Manager, at or by telephone at 919-527-6467.