Advancing the EMS profession

Funding Sources

NAEMT continues to urge Congress for direct funding for our industry. Highlighted below are funding streams, public and private, that can help fund EMS agencies during this public health pandemic. Questions? contact

Funding Streams for Help to Reimburse EMS and Fire Agencies




Federal  CARES Act Provider Relief Funding Information on the CARES Act Provider Relief Funding
Federal  Small Business Administration Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)  Information on PPP program and application to apply 


Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund

$100B to reimburse eligible healthcare providers for healthcare expenses or lost revenue directly attributable to the coronavirus. Eligible to apply: Public entities; providers enrolled in Medicare and Medicaid, and other for-profit and nonprofit entities that provide diagnoses, testing or care for individuals with COVID-19.


Disaster Relief Fund $45B to reimburse activities such as medical response, procurement of PPE National Guard deployment, coordination of logistics, implementation of safety measures, and provision of community services. According to FEMA, these funds will cover overtime and backfill costs; the costs of supplies, such as disinfectants, medical supplies and PPE; and apparatus usage. (The federal government will cover 75% of these costs.) NAEMT recommends FEMA's new sheet on FEMA's Simplified Public Assistance Application. In addition, you should consult with their state emergency managers to begin the process of being reimbursed. Eligible to apply: Public and some non-profit services.
Federal Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program $100M for PPE, supplies and reimbursements. This funding is specific to COVID-19 PPE, supplies, etc. Application process open on April 13, 2020 at 8 a.m. ET. and close on Friday May 15 at 5 p.m. Eligible to Apply: Public Fire Service 
Funding and Reimbursement  COVID-19 Cost Recovery for Fire and EMS 

Guidance on how to obtain fiscal support through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Public Assistance Grant Program. 

Private Foundation Gary Sinise Foundation -Emergency Covid-19 Combat Service Grants to first responders in need of personal protective equipment when answering COVID-19 service calls. Financial assistance is also available to healthcare professionals, service members, veterans, first responders, and their families who have been impacted by the novel coronavirus.