Sunday, January 20, 2008

Grants for Schools, School Districts, Governments, and Nonprofits to Train American Students How To Respond to Sudden Cardiac Arrest

From The Foundation Center...

Medtronic Foundation to Fund School Programs That Save Lives From Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Deadline: February 15, 2008

The Medtronic Foundation ( ), a philanthropic vehicle of medical technology company Medtronic, Inc., has announced new grant guidelines for its HeartRescue program.

In 2008, funding priority will be given to school programs that educate students about sudden cardiac arrest and prepare them to act in an emergency. Sudden cardiac arrest, an abrupt loss of heart function caused by irregular electrical activity in the heart, is a leading cause of death around the world. Because survival depends greatly on immediate response with CPR and Automated External Defibrillators, prompt action from bystanders is integral to improving overall community survival rates. To increase the number of bystanders trained in CPR and AED use, the 2008 HeartRescue program will focus U.S. grants on schools, school districts, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations that develop comprehensive school-based programs that prepare a new generation of people to recognize and respond to SCA.

Priority funding will be given to new initiatives that demonstrate effective education and training programs or emergency response planning that would include CPR/AED training for desig- nated responders as well as students at one or more grade levels each year. Grant funds may not be used to purchase AEDs. Grants range in size from $5,000 to $30,000 per year. The founda- tion may make multiyear grants (typically for two to three years), with a maximum grant amount of $30,000 per year.

Program guidelines and applications are available at the Medtronic Foundation Web site. RFP Link:

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