Provider and system improvement grants

The EMTS funding program application period has closed for fiscal year 2023. The application period for the fiscal year 2024 funding cycle will open in December. Review the most recent EMTS Funding Guide for program rules and requirements. A new funding guide will be released for the 2024 funding cycle. Submission of an organizational profile is required to apply for funding.

Application period

Provider grant and system improvement funding applications are accepted from Dec.15  through Feb. 15 of each year. Applications are accepted via the EMTS ZoomGrants portal. To submit the pre-application, applicants must use an existing account or create a new account at Once the pre-application is approved by staff, access to the full application in ZoomGrants will be granted. Early submission of both the pre-application and full funding application is strongly encouraged. 

Pre-application deadline

The required pre-application deadline is Feb. 8. A complete pre-application must be submitted and approved before this date. Staff will review the pre-application for approval within 2 days of submission. All applicants are responsible for submitting a complete pre-application before the deadline.

Important program dates

December 16: Provider and system improvement grant application period opens
January 1-30: Educational grant workshops held 
February 8: Pre-application deadline
February 15: Provider and system improvement grant application period closes
February 24: Financial waiver review session
March 10 - April 21: Regional grant reviews are conducted - View review dates
May 13 and 14: SEMTAC grant review sessions
June 30: Public notice of grant awards announced

Profile required

All agencies applying for EMTS funding must update their EMTS organizational profile information form. An organizational profile gatekeeper must be established to submit updates to your profile. For more information, see the EMTS organizational profiles page

Contracting resources

If awarded funds, most grantees will be issued a statement of work that details the project specifics. After the statement of work is signed by the grantee's authorized agent, the grantee will receive an executed purchase order. Projects funded for over $150,000 or containing direct personal services require a contract agreement.

If applying for funds, you should review the following documents first. These provisions and terms must be adhered to if funded for an EMTS grant award.

Match and reimbursement

If funded, provider grant awardees must provide matching funds. The standard match is 50% of the project cost. All items or services must be delivered to the grantee and paid in full to be eligible for reimbursement.

Financial waiver

A waiver to the standard 50% match is available. Applicants can apply for a reduced match of 40, 30, 20 or 10 percent.

Those that wish to apply for a financial waiver are required to answer additional questions and provide financial documents in the grant application. A financial waiver hearing is conducted to determine if the applicant will be granted the requested financial waiver. If an applicant applies and is denied a financial waiver, their application will not continue on through the grant review process.

Application review

Applications are reviewed based on the criteria set in the EMTS funding program scoring tools found below.

Provider grant applications are reviewed and scored twice. First by a RETAC review committee and second by a SEMTAC review committee. Scores from each review committee are averaged and combined to form a final grant application score. 

System improvement grant applications are reviewed by the SEMTAC during the April public policy and finance committee meeting. 

Each RETAC holds its application review throughout March and April of each year. The SEMTAC reviews provider grant applications in mid-May of each year.

Funding awards

Provider grant applications are ranked based on the combined final grant application score. Funding awards are based on the rank of the application relative to the total amount available to fund for that fiscal year. Approximately 3.7 million dollars were awarded in the fiscal year 2021.