Michigan Association of Fire Fighters

A Request for Proposal (RFP) for Emergency Medical Services (EMS) workforce grants was issued by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) to provide funding for enhancing and training Michigan EMS personnel.

MDHHS expects to award approximately $9 million, with a maximum award of $400,000 per applicant to address the critical shortage of paramedics statewide and increase accessibility by reducing enrollment barriers to EMS education programming, specifically paramedic programs.  The award period begins Oct. 1, 2024 and ends Sept. 30, 2025. 

A pre-application conference will be held 11 a.m., Monday, April 8 to discuss this funding and provide instruction on using the EGrAMS system. Click here to access the webinar, which will last about 90 minutes.

Project director requests for application access are due by 5 p.m. May 23. Grant applications must be submitted electronically through the EGrAMS system by 3 p.m. May 30.

MDHHS identified the following potential uses for funding:

Grants to cover tuition and associated fees for paramedic training at a Michigan-approved education program, limited to:

  • $20,000 per paramedic student.
  • $1,500 per emergency medical technician specialist student.
  • $2,000 per emergency medical technician student.
  • $500 per medical first responder/emergency medical responder student.
  • $2,000 per instructor student.

$15 hourly reimbursement for time spent in EMS training programs with a maximum of:

  • $16,000 per paramedic student.
  • $2,100 per emergency medical technician specialist student.
  • $3,000 per emergency medical technician student.
  • $900 per medical first responder/emergency medical responder student.
  • $2,600 per instructor coordinator student.

EMS Education Access grants may be funded in the following potential categories:

  • Increasing access to EMS education to areas currently not served by initial education programs. Applicants will be responsible for demonstrating how their proposal increases access to an underserved area.
  • Barrier reduction efforts, if the proposal specifically outlines how the funding request will decrease barriers to enrollment or student success.
  • Outreach campaigns to increase student enrollment in EMS training programs.

For questions, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. on or before April 11. Questions may be discussed at the pre-application conference. MDHHS will post a Q&A and other clarifications or revisions to the initial RFP by April 17, on the EGrAMS website.

For more information or to apply, visit the EGrAMS website and select "About EGrAMS" link in the left panel to access the "Competitive Application Instructions" training manual. The complete RFP can be accessed under the ‘Current Grants’ section under the “Public Health Administration” link and selecting the “WEMSS-2025” grant program.