Grants for AEDs

Defibrillators have been saving lives of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) victims in hospitals for as long as they have existed. But since they are in hospitals, only trained medical personnel can use them. They are also very expensive bulky contraptions that can be quite hard to move. Old models were not designed for personal use. But now, automated external defibrillators (AED) have been developed so that non-medical personnel can use them to save lives. And to make it easier and cheaper to have one ready when needed, you can apply for government grants for AEDs.

Estimates say that more than 450,000 men and women suffer from SCA annually. Unfortunately, only 3-5% survive the ordeal because there was no AED available and used within the first 3-5 minute golden window of opportunity. Most AEDs for sale now can be used even by persons without previous training. They come with easy to use visual prompts or audible guides. Here are some government grants for AEDs that you can try to obtain units for your community.

Rural Access to Emergency Devices Grant – this grant is provided as part of the Cardiac Arrest Survival Act of 2000. Its purpose is to help eligible rural communities to purchase AEDs that the FDA has approved for marketing. The funds can also be used to obtain training to use the device through various training courses provided by the American Red Cross, the American Heart Association or other recognized institutions. The grant amount range from $46,000 to $103,000, inclusive of purchase of AEDs, placement in the local community through rural health clinics, post offices, day care centers and other civic facilities. You can contact them through the grantor’s headquarters at:

Office of Rural Health Policy
5600 Fishers Lane, Room 10B-45
Rockville, Maryland 20857
Telephone: (301) 443-0835.

You can search for more private grants in the internet although you should always be aware that there are unscrupulous people who prey upon people desperately looking for government grants. The government is indeed trying to help people financially through grants and after all, grant money is free money since you don’t have to repay it, with the only condition that you use it according to the purpose it was given for. With an annual budget of more than $400 billion for grants, you only need to look at the right sources, usually government agencies’ websites, to find the right one for your personal need or for your local community.

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