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Newborn Safety Device Grant

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Example of a newborn safety device
Example of a newborn safety device

About the Newborn Safety Device Grant

The state of Indiana, through the Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS), will provide reimbursement grants to Emergency Medical Services (EMS) providers to purchase a newborn safety device to notify either the department of child services or a licensed child-placing agency to take custody of a safe haven infant.

Application (Notice of Funding Opportunity)

  • Apply for the Grant

    The application period is now closed. Applications were accepted on a rolling basis (monthly) until March 31, 2024. Projects must be completed by June 30, 2024. Want to stay updated? Sign up to receive emails when new grant information is available.

    Pre-Application Registration Requirements

    Prior to submitting an application for this funding opportunity, applicants must meet the registration requirements below:

    • Be registered as a supplier with the state of Indiana
    • Be registered as a bidder with the state of Indiana

    Detailed information regarding state of Indiana supplier and bidder registration will be provided in the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) in Appendix A and should be reviewed and followed to ensure these requirements have been satisfied.


    Apply online via Smartsheet


Grant funds may only be used for the purchase of a newborn safety device that meets the requirements set forth in Indiana Code 31-34-2.5-1.

Eligible organizations include:

  • Fire departments (including volunteer departments)
  • Hospitals
  • Units of local government (county, cities, towns, townships)
  • Nonprofit organizations (501(c)(3))
  • Emergency Medical Services (EMS) providers

Eligible locations include:

  • Hospitals
    • The device must be located in an area of the hospital that is conspicuous and visible to staff.
    • The hospital must be staffed on a 24/7 basis to provide care in an emergency.
  • Facilities, fire departments and EMS stations
    • The device must be located in an area that is conspicuous and visible to staff.
    • The location must be staffed on a 24/7 basis by an EMS provider.
    • The device must have a dual alarm system.
  • Volunteer fire departments
    • Response time to the location may not exceed four minutes and must be within the minimum time established by the county.
    • The department must be within one mile of a hospital, police station or EMS station that is staffed on a 24/7 basis by full-time personnel who hold a valid cardiopulmonary resuscitation certification and that meets the minimum response time established by the county not to exceed four minutes.
    • The device must be equipped with an alert system meeting the requirements of IC 31-34-2.5-1(a)(5)(B) and (C).

Applicants are eligible to apply for grant funding in an amount not to exceed ten thousand dollars ($10,000) by the agency.

Each applicant will be required to provide copies of actual invoices and proof of payment for the equipment. Invoices should be detailed to show equipment as its own line item.

Award Determinations

IDHS will conduct an initial screening of the applications to check for completeness.

Award Notification

IDHS staff will contact the applicant agencies when funding determinations have been finalized. If awarded funding, the successful applicant (“Grantee”) will receive an award letter that will include the following information:

  • Grantee name,
  • Grantee award amount,
  • Grantee performance period, and
  • Any special conditions that must be met or resolved prior to reimbursement will be communicated to the Grantee.

The award letter notification will be sent via email and must be reviewed, signed and completed by emailing the signed letter back to IDHS.

Have questions? See the Grants Frequently Asked Questions page for initial help before submitting a support ticket.