Grants for AEDS in Schools

An automated external defibrillator (AED) is a portable computerized device that analyzes automatically the heart rhythm and responds to a detected problem by delivering an electrical shock to restore a normal heart rhythm. The AED is a small medical device that is to be used by someone who is trained to operate it and is usually installed in different setting such as schools and airports to serve an important role in expanding the opportunities for life-saving defibrillation. Grants for AEDS in schools are available for people who want to become qualified users of the device.

Josh Miller’s HEARTS Grant

A legislation has been enacted by the federal government establishing a grant program that provides schools the needed fund to acquire AEDs as well as the funding the training needed for the operation of the device. The Josh Miller’s HEARTS (Helping Everyone Access Responsive Treatments in Schools Act) provided a grant program through the Department of Education to install AEDs in the different schools and to train staff members to use them. This program was launched in memory of Josh Miller, a fifteen year old boy from Barberton Ohio who in 2000 had a cardiac arrest during a game at the football season of Barberton High School.

Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools Program Grants

The U.S. Department of Education’s Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools Program provides schools money to buy AEDs. The objective of the grant is “to create, strengthen, and improve emergency management plans at the district and school-building levels.” The grant may also be used by the schools to develop response plans for illness and emergency, and for their training and communications needs. Average awards range from $150,000 to $600,000 depending on the size of the schools. Schools may apply for grant funding at:

U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Ave. SW
Washington, DC 20201
Tel.(800) 872-5327


AEDGrant is a web-based philanthropic organization that utilizes corporate donations to launch the Public & Private Entities Grant. This program is available to everyone, except those businessmen who plan to obtain the AEDs for the purpose of reselling them. In addition to providing grants, the program connects people with AED–and CPR–training programs. The program provides an application form on its website, which applicants can fax in.
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AED manufacturers, in order to increase market share, are trying to install AEDs in many locations. Organizations that train people on first aid are also trying to install these devices in order to increase classes for CPR and AED certification. For these reasons, AED manufacturers provide grants to individuals to train on the operation of an AED device. Once certified to operate an AED device, the individual will be given a notice of the award and an AED device will be shipped to the grant recipient. Most websites of AED manufacturers outline the procedure for applying for this grant.

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