New Rural EMS grant coming soon


SIREN Act to help rural areas access EMS equipment, training & personnel

Signed into law in December 2018, the new Supporting and Improving Rural EMS Needs (SIREN) Act will help rural areas procure equipment, training, personnel recruitment and retention.

According to First Responder Grants Senior Grant Consultant Kurt Bradley, the SIREN Act is expected to offer grants with a $200K limit and a 10% matching requirement.

Grant administration and setup is still in process. As soon as we know more, we’ll let you know more.

In the meantime, if you are looking to run or improve EMS in a rural area, get to work on the 4 things grant winners have in common. Whenever SIREN opens, you can be first out of the gate to try for this new grant.

USDA Community Facility Grants for Rural Development

USDA Rural Development

USDA Rural Development Grant Funding

Grant Website

Grant Guidelines

Grant Deadline: This program accepts applications on an ongoing basis.

For Rural Areas and Small Towns up to 20,000 in Population

Community Programs provides grants to assist in the development of essential community facilities in rural areas and towns of up to 20,000 in population. Grants are authorized on a graduated scale.

Grant funds may be used to:

  • Assist in the development of essential community facilities
  • Construct, enlarge, or improve community facilities for health care, public safety, and community and public services
  • This can include the purchase of equipment required for a facility’s operation.

What this grant does for your agency

Applicants located in small communities with low populations and low incomes will receive a higher percentage of grants. Grants are available to public entities such as municipalities, counties, and special-purpose districts, as well as non-profit corporations and tribal governments. In addition, applicants must have the legal authority necessary for construction, operation, and maintenance of the proposed facility and also be unable to obtain needed funds from commercial sources at reasonable rates and terms.

Only a limited number of grants will be awarded.

Grant Eligibility

These grant funds are for rural areas and towns of up to 20,000 in population.

About the USDA Rural Development

USDA RD is committed to helping improve the economy and quality of life in rural America. More

Grant Deadline

Grant applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.


For more information about this program, or to file an application, contact the local Rural Development office in your area.