Sunday, April 25, 2010

Funding for Emergency Care

The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), Office of Emergency Medical Services Trauma System Coordination announces that State Fiscal Year 2011 funds are now available to provide Local Project Grants (LPG). Historically, $1 million has been available for funding the awards each year to support and improve the development of the Texas Emergency Health Care System and to increase the availability and quality of emergency pre-hospital health care.

The types of projects funded through LPGs include EMS personnel certification training, specialty training related to pre hospital healthcare management, communication and patient care equipment, non-disposable supplies, injury prevention projects, and continuing education programs.

Eligible organizations include department licensed EMS providers, first responder organizations, regional EMS Trauma Advisory Councils, EMS education organizations, and pre-hospital injury prevention organizations.

The LPG applications period is open once per year for at least a six week period. This RFP application period is currently open and will close May 13, 2010.

In addition, funding available from the Governor’s Extraordinary Emergency Fund has been set aside each fiscal year to support the emergent unexpected needs of EMS providers of DSHS approved organizations. Proposals are evaluated based on impact to the regional or statewide EMS/trauma system. The funding is available to licensed EMS providers, registered first responder organizations, and licensed hospitals.

Go to for information or go to, or email Tuanh Perez at For information on the Governor’s Extraordinary Emergency Fund, email Roxanne Cuellar at