AED Grants for Fire/EMS

Firefighters and emergency medical service workers know firsthand the power an AED has to save lives. The sad reality is that often, budgets shortfalls mean there isn’t enough funding for everything, and alternative funding sources like grants need to be used to help an EMS or fire department get an AED. Use our list of AED grants for fire departments and EMS to help find grant money for defibrillators and related supplies.

  • This grant is available nationally to organizations that would like to implement an AED program for their community. There aren’t many other details provided, so we suggest contacting the organization if you have questions about funding amount, eligibility or other topics.

  • Medic One Foundation provides support for agencies who need help purchasing equipment that improves patient care. This is a matching grant, meaning Medic One wants to help stretch an existing budget and will help fund up to 75% of the equipment cost. Per the website: “The applicant agency must demonstrate the financial capability and commitment to fund the balance of the request.”
  • Eligibility: Primary nonprofit providers of emergency medical services in the Puget Sound region (Seattle, King County, and surrounding communities). “All applicant agencies must be public entities or private nonprofit corporations recognized by the State of Washington.”
  • Grant amount: $250-$2,000

  • As of our most recent review, there are no AFG open application periods at this time. However, this is an annual program and the application process should open again sometime in the future.
  • Eligibility: fire departments and non-affiliated EMS organizations.

  • This isn’t a grant listing; it’s a search tool for grants for firefighters across the United States. You will need to sign up to use it.

  • Firehouse Subs offers grants for equipment and fire prevention educational tools for first responders
  • Open to fire/EMS, law enforcement, public safety organizations, non-profits and schools
  • Deadlines: Thursday, August 30, 2018 at 5:00 PM EST for Q4 2018 Quarter Grants and Thursday, November 29, 2018 at 5:00 PM EST for Q1 2019 Grants
  • Link to application:

  • All US fire and rescue departments are eligible
  • This organization has funded AEDs in the past
  • According to the site, they focus on “1) funding equipment that is critical to emergency scene life and safety, 2) helping a functional department to function better, and 3) providing equipment that can be shared on a regional basis.”

  • Eligible organizations include: Educational institutions, programs conducted by Municipal, county, state or federal government entities that align with the State Farm charitable focus, 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit organizations, 501(c)(4) volunteer fire companies and 501(c)(6) chambers of commerce
  • Note that only volunteer fire departments are specified as eligible
  • It appears that the grant window is typically September and October, with grant winners being notified in Q1 of the following year

Funding for an AED would qualify under Walmart’s “public safety” area of funding.
  • Per the website: “The 2018 grant cycle begins Feb. 1, 2018 and the application deadline to apply is Dec. 31, 2018.”
  • Grant amounts between $250 and $5,000
  • Eligible organizations include:
    • 501(c)(3) or (19) organizations
    • Recognized government entities: state, county, or city agency, including law enforcement or fire departments requesting funds exclusively for public purposes;
    • K-12 public or private schools, charter schools, community/junior colleges, state/private colleges or universities
    • Churches or other faith-based organizations wanting to support the community at large
Do you know of a grant specifically for AEDs for fire and rescue departments and/or emergency medical services, or a grant that would apply for fire/EMS even if it’s not specifically for an AED purchase? If so, let us know! We would love to add it to our list.
Updated 08/15/2018

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