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Rural Access to Emergency Devices (RAED) Grant Program

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has announced that approximately $12,500,000 for fiscal year (FY) 2003 exists to provide grants for the purchase, placement and training in the use of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) and related activities in eligible rural areas. HRSA estimates that approximately 50 awards will be made to community partnerships, in collaboration with State Offices of Emergency Medical Services, for FY 2003. This is assuming one award per State. The project period will consist of three years, to include two non-competitive continuations for years two and three. All funding is subject to the availability of funds. These grants will be awarded under the authority of Pub. L. 106-505, Title IV–Cardiac Arrest Survival, Subtitle B–Rural Access to Emergency Devices, 42 U.S.C. 254c, note. The Office of Rural Health Policy will administer the Rural Access to Emergency Devices (RAED) Grant Program.

Applicants interested in applying for funding under this program are requested to fax or mail a letter of intent to the Office of Rural Health Policy by May 5, 2003, at fax number (301) 443-2803. Mailed letters of intent should be sent to Evan Mayfield, Office of Rural Health Policy, HRSA, Room 9A-55, Parklawn Building, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20857. A copy of this letter of intent should also be faxed or mailed to the appropriate State Office of Emergency Medical Services by this same date. The letter of intent need only include the lead applicant’s organizational name, proposed number of AEDs requested and a proposed listing of those in their community partnership. The deadline for receipt of applications is June 18, 2003. Applications will be considered on time if they are either received on or before the deadline date in the HRSA Grants Application Center or postmarked on or before the deadline date.

To receive an application kit, applicants may telephone the HRSA Grants Application Center at (877) 477-2123 (877-HRSA-123).

Instructions for preparing the applications will be included with the grant guidance as part of the grant application kit. The RAED Grant Program uses PHS Forms 424 and 5161 for applications. Applicants must use the administrative code “RAED,” Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance number 93.259 and HRSA Program Announcement number HRSA03-088 when requesting applications. The CFDA is a Government-wide compendium of enumerated Federal programs, projects, services and activities that provide assistance. All applications must be mailed or delivered to the Grants Management Officer, Office of Rural Health: HRSA Grants Application Center, 901 Russell Avenue, Suite 450, Gaithersburg, MD 20879: telephone (877) 477-2123.

For more information, contact Evan Mayfield, Office of Rural Health
Policy, HRSA, (301) 443-0835, Fax: (301) 443-2803, email: [email protected], or visit http://www.ruralhealth.hrsa.gov/funding/aed.htm.