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Emergency Medical Services for Children State Partnership Program (EMSC SP)


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Application Deadline: Nov 7, 2022


Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB)


Awards funding to expand and improve emergency medical services (EMS) for children who need treatment for trauma or critical care in the U.S. states and territories. Funds demonstration projects to implement and evaluate innovative EMS system models and new methods to respond to the needs of children in emergencies, improve health outcomes, and attain equitable access to pediatric emergency care and everyday readiness for all children across the nation, especially for those children living in racial/ethnic minority, tribal, and rural communities. The EMSC SP programs seeks to:

  • Expand the use of Pediatric Readiness Guidelines in emergency departments (EDs)
  • Develop or expand pediatric readiness in EMS systems
  • Increase pediatric disaster readiness by supporting the integration of pediatrics in hospital and prehospital disaster plans
  • Prioritize family partnership and leadership to improve EMSC systems of care

Required program activities include:

  • Establish an EMSC advisory committee
  • Ensure sufficient oversight of the EMSC grant program
  • Support data collection, analysis, and continuous quality improvement
  • Expand the uptake of pediatric readiness in EDs
  • Improve pediatric readiness in EMS systems
  • Increase pediatric disaster readiness in hospital EDs and prehospital EMS agencies
  • Submit proper program documents, updates, and attend the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) EMS grantee meetings in fiscal year 2023 and FY 2025

Amount of Funding

Award ceiling: $205,000 per year
Project period: Up to 4 years
Estimated number of awards: 59
Estimated total program funding: $12,095,000

Only 1 EMSC SP award will be made per state or jurisdiction applicant. Should HRSA receive more than 1 eligible application from a specific state/jurisdiction, the higher-scoring applicant will be funded.

Who Can Apply

State governments and accredited schools of medicine in states and jurisdictions are eligible to apply.

Geographic Coverage


What This Program Funds

Equipment • New Program • Operating Costs and Staffing • Training Providers

Application Process

Application instructions, requirements, and other information about the online application process are available in the funding announcement.


For programmatic or technical questions:
Jocelyn Hulbert

For grants management or budget questions:
Devon Cumberbatch

Topics This Program Addresses

Emergency Department Services • Emergency Medical Services • Emergency Planning • Healthcare Workforce • Teleservices and Technology • Youth