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GEMSA EMR/EMT Grant - ApplicationS DUE: mAY 15, 2021

To:          All Directors Zoned 911 Services –  EMS Transport and First Responders
Subject:  Grant Opportunity- For EMR/EMT Grant

The Georgia EMS Association is accepting applications for the EMR/EMT Course Grant.  Classes are to be conducted between July 15, 2021 and March 15, 2022.  It is our hope that we partner with the Georgia Trauma Commission to provide these grants.  In anticipation of this, we are seeking applications early in the process.

While all 911 zoned EMS Services and 911 Licensed Medical First Responders (only) are eligible to apply for the grant, priority will be given to those services willing to quickly complete the course approval requirements and conduct the program within the contract period allowed.

Please read this entire document

First Responder 2022FY Notification Letter.pdf

To be eligible for this funding your application must be completed online (ONLY) utilizing the Survey Monkey application at

Deadline for Accepting Applications: May 15, 2021

The First  EMT Grant –

This is a competitive grant. Applications will be accepted till close of business of deadline date. Once the Grants are awarded, GEMSA will deal only with the Service and the Director of the Service will be the person accountable as it pertains to the Grant.  No individual county or zone will be eligible for more than one grant unless there are fewer requests than courses available. 

The total dollar amount of each grant will vary depending on the number of students who are enrolled/graduating in the first responder/EMT class.  The initial class roster must have a minimum number of 12 students to be eligible for this grant while the maximum number we will reimburse for is 25 students on the ending roster.  You may elect to have more than 25 students in the class however, we will only reimburse for a maximum of 25 students. Each course must be approved through the course approval process as developed by the State Office of EMS and Trauma.  To receive funding, we must have the SOEMS Course Approval Number on the beginning roster. Students may elect to challenge the National Registry examination; however, the examination is not required and the grant will not reimburse expenses for challenging the exam.

To apply for this grant, you do not need to have prior course approval.  If you receive the Grant, due to time constraints on grant funding, you will be expected to move quickly to obtain course approval through SOEMS/T and conduct the course immediately. 


All course funding will be handled through the reimbursement process as follows: 

If you are a successful applicant:

The Grant funding will consist of the following:

You will be notified by email and sent a Course Agreement form that you must initial, complete and sign in required fields within 2 weeks of initial email or you will forfeit your Grant Opportunity

Upon GEMSA receiving your fully completed Official GEMSA Roster

             GEMSA will:

1)   Reimburse for Textbooks (you must send a copy of your book invoice) according to the number of students you have listed on your initial course roster to a maximum of $110.00 per book (this includes shipping and taxes)

      if your book invoice reflects that the books you ordered cost less than the quoted price  above you will be paid according to the price per book on your invoice

   Or Upon Request

GEMSA would provide for EMR Courses -  Emergency Medical Responder: Your First Response in Emergency Care 6th Edition  American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons or for EMT Courses –  Emergency Care and Transportation of the Sick and Injured  11th Edition American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons – According to the number of students listed on your Official GEMSA Roster

Upon course completion and GEMSA receiving your fully completed Official GEMSA Roster

            GEMSA will

1)      issue instructor payment of  $1,650.00

 (An approved roster format will be provided by GEMSA  that must be used for both the beginning and ending rosters for the course.  No other roster format will be accepted)

  • Then GEMSA will provide each successful student with a jump bag and a safety vest.   This will be done after we have verification of successful completion of the course and we have received a copy of the official course roster of successful students. The jump bag and safety vest will be sent to the sponsoring organization and it will be the responsibility of the sponsoring organization to disperse the jump bags and vest to student
  • For the EMT  course – You may request a variance.  In place of the Jump Bags for each graduating student – the Service could receive the funding that would have been utilized to purchase the Jump Bags to assist with Instructor cost.  The Variance MUST be made prior to the course. The Safety Vest must be ordered and sent to the Service for student distribution.

The grant application may be completed at:

If you have any questions you may contact Cathy White, GEMSA Program Coordinator ( or Kim Littleton, GEMSA Executive Director (

This Program is made possible by State of Georgia funding provided through the 
Georgia Trauma Care Network Commission  


The mission of the Georgia Emergency Medical Services Association is to advocate for the emergency medical provider, develop educational programs, liaison activities, provider benefit programs, and improvements to the Emergency Medical Service System in Georgia.

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