The purpose of the South Dakota Mission: Lifeline Supplemental Mini-Grant is to continue to enhance the infrastructure within EMS agencies and referral hospitals for treatment of the STEMI patient.
Mission: Lifeline® was created by the American Heart Association as a response to missed opportunities for prompt, appropriate STEMI patient treatment. Recently, Mission: Lifeline expanded to help existing STEMI systems of care incorporate out-of-hospital cardiac resuscitation into their systems.
Applications should demonstrate the current upgrades/equipment needed to improve the STEMI system of care in South Dakota.
The mini-grants are intended for South Dakota referral hospitals (non-PCIs) and EMS agencies, particularly those with limited resources, who need additional equipment or upgrades. All referral hospitals and EMS agencies have been offered, and most have received, 12-lead ECGs or receiving software and STEMI 12-lead training. The Mission: Lifeline initiative has been able to provide this through the generous contribution of The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust.
Applications will be reviewed by a neutral committee representing South Dakota Mission: Lifeline volunteers and American Heart Association staff.
Application Due Date
All applications are due by 5:00 pm CST March 1st, 2013
The committee will review and score the project applications after the application deadline. Based on the scores and rankings, the committee will determine which proposals will receive the mini-grants. Committee members are not affiliated with organizations or entities that are eligible for the mini-grants.
All applicants will be notified by March 15th, 2013. Funding will begin March 28, 2013.
Funding is limited to a maximum of $25,000 per proposal and is granted for a period of six months. Funding requested from the American Heart Association must represent at least 25% of total project costs. The committee reserves the right to approve an amount that is less than 100% of mini-grant proposals.
Areas allowable for funding include:
Cardiac monitor/defibrillators with 12-lead capture and transmission capability, communication equipment and technology for the transmission and/or reception of 12-lead ECGs, upgrades to existing hardware and software, and other appropriate medical and technology devices or hardware and software that directly increases the capability of a hospital or agency to care for a STEMI patient in the South Dakota system of care.
Reporting – At the end of the funding period (September 15, 2013):
- A financial statement listing expenses for the request will be required. In the event that the funds received were not expended due to lower than anticipated expenses, the remaining funds must be returned to the American Heart Association.
- If after receiving the funds, the request cannot be fulfilled due to unforeseen circumstances, the entire amount received must be returned to the American Heart Association.
- A summary report with outcomes must be submitted. This report should include activities, objectives met or not met, future plans, and any other measurable outcomes including number patients that were directly affected by the use of items identified in the mini-grant request.
- Should the focus of the request or expenses need to be reallocated, the committee must be notified in writing and approval obtained before proceeding with the project. Send requests for approval to Gary Myers.
The American Heart Association, its affiliates, officers, directors, volunteers, and employees shall be exempt from any and all liability, claims, demands, and causes of action in the sponsorship and participation of this program.