We launched the PEMF Pandemic Grant Program on Monday, April 6, 2020. The grant will serve area EMS agencies and is being launched in an effort to
provide the agencies and their first responders with basic-needs-items in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The PEMF Pandemic Grant Program has already raised $15,000 in personal donations from PEMF board members. The foundation is also establishing a crowdfunding page via Great Giving in an attempt to increase the funds available through this effort to local EMS agencies in Western Pennsylvania.
The PEMF Pandemic Grant Program was created by our board in just 24 hours after hearing stories of support needed by our frontline EMS workers. Our board took quick action, donating funds and created a simple application process for our local EMS stations. Shortages at stations like hygiene items, food, and basic everyday supplies may be overlooked
during these times and are often underfunded or left to individual workers to procure at their own expense. These basics help our emergency responders manage the long and challenging hours that this national emergency requires.
Area EMS agencies are eligible to apply for funding and can find the application below or by emailing Ms. Wolfe directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. Members of the services may submit their applications including their plans for use of the monies awarded. They may also request gift cards
for local grocery stores or restaurants. Once funds are granted, each station is given license to allocate the funds as requested for the basic needs of their EMS teams at their individual stations. EMS Stations may begin applying for the grant on Monday, April 6, 2020.
PEMF is also asking individual donors to donate to the PEMF Pandemic Grant Program via Greater Giving, a digital crowdfunding platform for non-profit organizations. You can donate here.
Should you have any questions or suggestions regarding this program, please contact our office
PEMF President Chip Berger reminds Pittsburgh that “We are all in this together and that now is the time to help those on the frontline.”