EMS Local Projects Grant Program


The Office of Emergency Medical Services Trauma System Coordination is responsible for managing Local Projects Grant (LPG) funding. The source of funds is from the Permanent Emergency Medical Service and Trauma Care Tobacco Endowment funds. The purpose of LPG funds is to support and improve the development of the Texas Emergency Health Care System and increase the availability and quality of emergency pre-hospital health care.   

The FY 2015 LPG RFP closed at 2:00 pm, on September 17, 2014.  Check the LPG announcement page for updates. 

 EMS Local Projects Grant Awards for FY 2015  (April 10, 2015)

Frequently asked questions

Who is eligible for funding?

Eligible organizations include department licensed EMS providers, department registered first responder organizations, Regional EMS/Trauma Advisory Councils (RACs), approved EMS education organizations, and pre-hospital injury prevention organizations.

When is the LPG application open?

The LPG application, referred to as a Request For Proposal (RFP), is open once per year, for at least a six-week period. The RFP is closed.  We expect the RFP will open in spring 2015.

What types of projects are funded through LPGs?

EMS personnel certification training, specialty training related to pre-hospital health care management, communication equipment, patient care equipment and non-disposable supplies, injury-prevention projects, continuing education programs and the purchase of an ambulance. We recently began funding  accreditation fees paid to CoAEMSP and CAAHEP by department-approved paramedic education programs seeking initial CoAEMSP accreditation.

We need cardiac monitors and radios.  Do we need to create two separate RFPs or only one? 

Only one RFP is needed.  In fact, the terms of the Local Project Grant (LPG) prohibit most applicants from submitting more than one proposal.  Refer to the RFP, once released, for exceptions to this rule.

If EMS certifications are eligible expenses, may we also use LPG funding to send personnel to paramedic school? 

We will consider funding tuition fee reimbursement for paramedic education.  The student must begin and end the course within the contract dates. 

Can the state reimburse the RAC before producing a cancelled check?

No, this is strictly a reimbursement grant.

How are “non-disposable supplies” defined?

Non-disposable supplies are supplies not designed to be thrown away.  For example, suction machines are an eligible supply item, but we would not consider funding the disposable canisters for suction machines.

I understand buildings aren’t covered by LPG funding, but what about furniture or audio visual items?

The grant does not cover indirect costs.  Indirect Costs are costs incurred for a common or joint purpose benefiting more than one project or cost objective of respondent’s organization and not readily identified with a particular project or cost objective.  Typical examples of indirect costs may include general administration and general expenses such as salaries and expenses of executive officers, personnel administration and accounting; depreciation or use allowances on buildings and equipment; and costs of operating and maintaining facilities.

Are cardiac monitors and other patient care equipment subject to the 50% matching criteria?

Generally, equipment costing more than $1,000 requires at least a 50% match.  The RFP will include a list of supplies and equipment with reimbursement limits.  For example, a cardiac monitor/defibrillator is an eligible equipment item, but the RFP limits our reimbursement to $12,500 or half of the cost, whichever is less.     

How can I apply?

The application for LPGs is referred to as a Request for Proposal (RFP). The RFP contains all of the eligibility requirements, as well as, the application instructions and forms. When open, the RFP is posted to the Electronic State Business Daily (ESBD) web site.  The RFP is closed at this time.

LPG Data

Historically, about $1 million has been available for funding LPG awards each year. Click on the links below to download past awards.


Health & Safety Code, Chapter 773, Emergency Medical Services - § 773.119. GRANT PROGRAM

For additional information about Local Projects Grants, contact Indra Hernandez at indra.hernandez@dshs.state.tx.us or 512-834-6669.

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Last updated October 20, 2015