CDPHE EMS and Trauma Funding: Systems Improvement & Provider Grants

Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE)

Grant amount: Up to US $173,220

Anticipated deadline: Feb 15, 2019 4:00pm PST

Applicant type: Nonprofit Government Entity

Funding uses: Applied Project / Program, General Operating Expense, Capital Project, Conference

Location of project: Colorado

Location of residency: Colorado

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Funding Program Overview

For state fiscal year 2018, approximately $7.2 million in funding is available for improving and expanding Colorado’s emergency medical and trauma services system. Funds are available on a reimbursement basis to organizations that have the provision of EMS and trauma services as their primary purpose. This generally includes ambulance services, first response agencies, hospitals, clinics, fire agencies, rescue groups, communications centers, training centers, community colleges and other public or private providers of emergency medical and trauma services in Colorado.

Funding Types

System improvement funding: These requests are for projects that affect the state regionally or as a whole. Categories include regional medical direction, system improvement, technical assistance, conference/forum support and Regional Emergency Medical and Trauma Services Advisory Council (RETAC) operations. Apply at There are no match requirements for system improvement funding. Applications will be evaluated by the Public Policy and Finance Committee of the State Emergency Medical and Trauma Services Advisory Council. Public notice of awards will occur by June 30, and purchase orders or contracts for awards will be issued after July 1, 2017. Up to 10% of the total grant funds available can be awarded as system improvement funding, which could be anywhere between $0 and approximately $720,000. Within the system improvement funding allocation, $363,000 will be set aside for RETACs to apply for regional medical direction projects, leaving approximately $357,000 for other system improvement awards. More information is available here.

Provider grants: Application categories include ambulances and other EMS vehicles, communications, data collection, EMS and trauma equipment, injury prevention, personnel and services, recruitment and retention and other. Apply at A 50% match is required but there is a financial waiver process for organizations that cannot meet the match. Awards for ambulances and certain other equipment are limited to maximum amounts specified in this guidance. In addition, about $280,000 may be set aside this year to increase RETAC base funding leaving approximately $6.6 million for other provider grant awards. More information is available here.

Read this Funding Guide, the Administrative Information document and the General & Special Provisions for Contracts to become familiar with the funding program, the department’s business processes and requirements for contracting with the state. Contract Terms and Conditions for government agencies may vary slightly. All applications that are submitted become a matter of public record and may be released in response to a Colorado Open Records Act request.

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  • Systems Improvement Grants: There are no match requirements for system improvement funding requests; however, matching funds are allowable up to 90% of the project cost.
  • Provider Grants: A 50% cash match is required. 


  • These programs may not be used to fund any of the following:
    • land acquisition or the purchase, construction, renovation or maintenance of buildings
    • aircraft, fire apparatus, hazardous materials response vehicles, law enforcement vehicles, or vehicles used primarily for supervisory or administrative purposes
    • uniforms and clothing (i.e. sweats, t-shirts, fire bunker gear)
    • disposable supplies (with per unit cost less than $100)
    • promotional items (give-a-ways, pens, coffee cups, etc.) personal care services, personal travel or recreation (i.e. gift cards, ski passes, spa visits)
    • catering costs, alcoholic beverages or entertainment expenses
    • extended warranties or service contracts starting after June 30 or longer than one year in duration
    • any items related to a mobile integrated healthcare or community paramedicine program
    • any costs related to the writing of the grant
    • political expenses
    • any purchases made prior to the issuance of a fully executed contract or purchase order
    • any purchases made after a contract or purchase order expiration date