Rural Access to Emergency Devices Grant

To help partnerships made up of at least three separately owned entities purchase and train first responders, and lay persons on the use of Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs).

A limited amount of funds may also be used for medical dispatcher training.
Examples of Funded Projects

The Rural Access to Emergency Devices Grant Program is to purchase, place, and train both lay public and health care providers in the use of automatic external defibrillators (AEDs).

For the FY 2007 funding cycle, 13 grantees were funded; each grantee represented one consolidated statewide application.

Each award resulted in 90 to 120 AEDs being placed in the grantee's state.

Agency - Department of Health and Human Services

The Department of Health and Human Services is the Federal government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially to those who are least able to help themselves.

Office - Program Contact: Julia Bryan, Office of Rural Health Policy, Health Resources and Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services, 5600 Fishers Lane, Room 9A-55, Rockville, MD 20857.

Telephone: (301) 443-0835.
Website Address

Relevant Nonprofit Program Categories

Program Accomplishments

FY 07 made 13 awards; anticipate 13 awards for FY 08 and FY 09.

Uses and Use Restrictions

All funds awarded are to be expended solely for the purposes outlined in the approved projects.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Applicants must be a public or non-profit entity located in a rural designated area.

Partnerships made up of at least three separately owned entities may apply.

These grantees must be located in rural areas as defined in the grant guidance may include local first response entities such as fire, EMS and police as well as for and nonprofit entities concerned with cardiac arrest survival rates.

Statewide, multi-State or regional Partnerships may apply.

Federally recognized tribes and/or tribal organizations are eligible to apply.

Beneficiary Eligibility



Applicants should review the individual HRSA Guidance documents issued under this CFDA program for any required proof or certifications which must be submitted prior to or simultaneous with submission of an application package.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

This program is excluded for coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

Grant applications and required forms for this program can be obtained from Please visit the Web site at to both find and apply for all Federal grant opportunities. All qualified applications will be forwarded to an objective review committee which will make funding recommendations to the Associate Administrator for the Office of Rural Health. The Associate Administrator has the authority to make final selections for awards.

Award Procedures

Applications are evaluated by Federal and nonfederal experts. All acceptable applications will be funded. Final decisions on level of funding are made by the Director, Office of Rural Health Policy.



Section 413 of the Cardiac Arrest Survival Act of 2000; Public Law 106-505.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From two weeks to two months.




RAED awards may be made for up to 3-year project periods. Subject to availability of funds, after initial awards, projects may be renewed non-competitively contingent upon submission and approval of an application, availability of appropriated funds, and awardee's satisfactory performance.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program does not require cost sharing, however ORHP encourage applicants to engage all participating partners to cost-share in the project as a demonstration of mutual commitment to the project's success.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Awards are made annually and payment is made through the DHHS Payment Management System.

Post Assistance Requirements


A final program report will be submitted to the Secretary, DHHS via ORHP within 90 days after the close of the budget period.

This report will include a retrospective review of how the AED(s) affected response times, pre-hospital mortality rates, etc.


In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Nonprofit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.


All records must be maintained until expiration of 3 years from the date of submission of the final expenditure report. If questions remain following the 3-uear period, such as those raised as a result of an audit or an on-going enforcement action, recipients must retain records until the matter is completely resolved.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Grants) FY 07 $1,249,686; FY 08 est $1,100,000; and FY 09 est $1,100,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$46,408 to $103,000; $96,129.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

This program is subject to the provisions of 45 CFR Part 92 for State, local and tribal governments and 45 CFR Part 74 for institutions of higher education, hospitals, other nonprofit organizations and commercial organizations, as applicable.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

Program Contact: Julia Bryan, Office of Rural Health Policy, Health Resources and Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services, 5600 Fishers Lane, Room 9A-55, Rockville, MD 20857. Telephone: (301) 443-0835.

Headquarters Office

Grants Management Office: Rick Goodman, Director, Division of Grants Management Operations, Health Resources and Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services, 5600 Fishers Lane, Room 11A-16. Health Services Branch: (301) 443-2385; Research and Training Branch: (301) 443-3099; Government and Special Focus Branch: (301) 443-3288.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Will be published in grant guidance.

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