The Education Incentive Grant (EIG) funds aid rural ambulance services in recruiting, training, and certifying ambulance attendants. Funds are awarded to licensed ambulance services in rural, frontier, and densely settled rural areas of Kansas. The purpose of the program is to assist rural and frontier services with the costs associated with becoming a certified attendant.Grant money may be requested based on the following three criteria:
It must be clearly understood and agreed upon by the operator of the ambulance service that any dollars awarded through this grant program cannot be used to supplant dollars budgeted to the service.
The grant funds may only be utilized for the costs associated with tuition and books (lab fees, equipment required for the course such as stethoscopes, and insurance fees required for the course are permissible). Funds may not be used to purchase computers or pay for examination fees.
The student receiving grant funding agrees to participate as an active EMS provider for the named service (as described on the MOA) for a minimum of one or two years based on certification level:
Applications for the first funding cycle of FY2021 are to be submitted by December 15, 2020. Applications for the second cycle of FY2021 funding are to be submitted by June 15, 2021. Similar deadlines are anticipated annually.
Awards vary based on type of education being funded. The maximum awards per student for KBEMS approved Initial Course of Instruction through this grant program are as follows:
Funding is divided between the 1st half (cycle) of the fiscal year (July 1 to December 31) and the second half (cycle) of the fiscal year (January 1 to June 30).