Due by December 31, 2021

Provided by Highmark, Inc. in partnership with the Pennsylvania EMS Provider Foundation

Grant Application Period:  March 1, 2021 through May 15, 2021 - The application period is now closed.

Grant Award:  Grant funds will be awarded after July 1, 2021.  If you were awarded a grant, please use the button above to submit your grant report by December 31, 2021.

Grant Eligibility:  All PA EMS agencies currently licensed by the PA Department of Health.  Only one application per licensed EMS agency.

Grant Requirements:  Grant funds must be used for
a) equipment, including hardware and software, used in the provision of EMS services, or
b) supplies, including medications and PPE, used in the provision of EMS services.*

Awardees must complete eligible purchases and required paperwork** by December 31, 2021 or you will be required to return the award to the PA EMS Provider Foundation.  Amounts per licensed EMS agency shall be limited to a maximum of $250,000.  Some restrictions will apply.

Please ensure that your application is complete prior to submission.  There will not be an option to submit supplemental requests or additional applications.  Each application will be reviewed by the application review committee.  The Application Review Committee is an impartial group of individuals. They are not board members of either the PA EMS Provider Foundation or its partner organization, the Ambulance Association of PA.

Restrictions and guidelines for grant awards, if any, will be solely the purview of the Application Review Committee.

Grant awards may be full or partial pending the number of applications, any restrictions or guidelines imposed by the Application Review Committee and the amount of available funds.

All information related to agency ID, Federal EIN number, contact information, and banking/institutional information will remain confidential.

If you want to view the questions to the application before beginning the process:  online pdf of app questions.pdf

*Due to the hardship experienced by many agencies during the pandemic, consideration will be given to retroactive grants for purchases made during calendar year 2020.
** A report is required showing, at a minimum, invoices documenting the ordering, receipt of and payment for equipment and/or supplies for which the grant was awarded.  A link to a reporting document will be provided to grant recipients.

Highmark, by engaging the Foundation, is both supporting EMS and empowering EMS to help ourselves! This is huge recognition of the value of EMS in healthcare and the reputation EMS has earned. Thank You! We are grateful and honored. 


The PA EMS Provider Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the Ambulance Association of PA (AAP). The AAP takes the lead for the advancement of EMS in PA. Learn more here and become a member advocating for your needs.  


Founded in 2007, the EMS PA Provider Foundation was created to serve the Pennsylvania emergency medical services community, to ensure public confidence in emergency medical services, to develop the next generation of emergency medical services providers, educate the public of their services and generally to further the cause of Pennsylvania emergency medical services through education, outreach and philanthropy. The Foundation will support the welfare of Pennsylvania emergency medical services providers and will serve other proper functions of a charitable, public foundation as needed. Download the foundation brochure here.

Join the PA EMS Provider Foundation in our Important Work

  • Develop the Next Generation
    Scholarships for Paramedic Training
  • Educate the Public
    Spread Knowledge on the Value of EMS and the Need for Support
  • Support the Welfare of Providers
    Build Healthy Networks While Taking Care of Our Own in the Event of Tragedy


Foundation Donations - To make an online donation of any amount to support the foundation, donate here.

Memorial Bike Ride & Star of Life Sponsorship - The Pennsylvania EMS Memorial Bike Ride and Stars of Life Awards Banquet, held each year in early September, are the primary fundraisers for the Foundation.  As a friend of EMS through personal or business relationships, we hope you can help.  Learn more or DONATE ONLINE HERE.

Reasons to support the PA EMS Provider Foundation

  • I want to advance the cause and believe in the mission of the Foundation.
  • The Foundation aligns with my top priorities.
  • I understand how my donation will be used.
  • I know that 100% of my gift benefits the Foundation.
  • I value the role the Foundation plays within the EMS community.
  • I have flexibility in the way I can donate (i.e. timing, amount).
  • The donation process is easy.

The Pennsylvania EMS Provider Foundation (Foundation) Grant Program

The Grant: The grant will be awarded to an individual EMT or EMTs who would like to further their education and become Paramedics. The deadline for grant applications is the close of business on February 12, 2021.

The recipient must have at least three (3) years experience as a certified EMT and been employed (either paid or volunteer) by a PA licensed EMS agency or has been guaranteed an offer of a position with a PA licensed EMS agency following completion of the education program for which the grant was provided.

The amount of the grant will be determined by the Foundation Board of Directors and the recommendation of the Application Review Committee.

For more information, please see the application, instructions and general information, links to the right. You can also contact, Heather Sharar, AAP Executive Director at or 717-512-5609.

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