Emergency Respite Grant for Providers

The Emergency Respite Grant for Providers is available funding for established and existing respite care provider agencies to increase emergency respite care. Direct emergency respite care must be provided within 180 days of the awarded grant.

Emergency Respite Care addresses the health and safety of the care recipient or the caregiver across the lifespan, placing either at risk or in danger. 

The Emergency Respite Grant for Providers is available funding for established and existing respite care provider agencies to increase emergency respite care. Direct emergency respite care must be provided within 180 days of the awarded grant. You must be an established or existing agency to be considered for this grant.

 Emergencies may include, but are not limited to, the following circumstances:    

  • Preventing abuse and neglect for the care recipient 
  • Preventing a mental health crisis for the caregiver or care recipient  
  • The need for medical attention in the immediate future 
  • Medical emergencies within their immediate family 
  • Urgent assistance so they can attend a funeral/wake/celebration of life 
  • Loss of employment or a work-related situation 
  • Drug or alcohol abuse counseling or support 

Grant funds will be awarded to the crisis/emergency respite provider agencies (direct respite providers) best suited for aiding families with emergencies in their communities.

Criteria for the Emergency Respite Grant for Providers

  • The program must provide respite care in Wisconsin for persons who reside in Wisconsin. 
  • Grant requests should be $5,000 or less. 
  • Direct respite care hours will be provided within 180 days (about six months) of the awarded grant.  
  • Grant funds should be used ONLY for emergency direct respite services.  
  • The number of emergency respite hours will be required to be documented.  
  • The number of primary caregivers impacted is required to be documented. 

Allowable Uses of Funds:

  • Salaries and fringe for staff who provide direct respite services 
  • Costs related to accommodating emergency respite outside of regular business hours 
  • Costs directly associated with providing emergency respite

Important Dates: 

01/22/2024 – Grant applications released 

02/29/2024 – Grant applications are due by midnight CST 

03/31/2024 – Grant awards will be announced 

04/01/2024 – Funds mailed 

07/15/2024 – 6-month progress report due 

10/15/2024 – Final progress report due 

Definitions: 

  • Caregiver:Individuals over age 18, including family members and foster parents, providing unpaid care to adults, regardless of age or type of disability, who need the care to meet basic daily needs or to children who require care beyond that required to meet their basic needs. 
  • Care Recipient: An individual, regardless of age or type of disability, who needs care or supervision to meet basic daily needs or a child who requires care or supervision beyond that required to meet their basic needs.
  • Emergency: Unplanned or unforeseen event or crisis that results in the immediate and unavoidable absence of the caregiver or the risk of institutional or higher-level placement of the care recipient if respite services are not provided. 

Any questions can be directed to Leslie Thede at [email protected] 

This project was supported by the Administration for Community Living (ACL), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of a financial assistance award totaling $1,892,074 with 75% percentage funded by ACL/HHS and $634,636 with 25% percentage funded by State of Wisconsin source(s). The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by ACL/HHS, or the U.S. Government.

Grant Program Fraud Statement: RCAW funds the majority of its programs with state and federal funds. RCAW is responsible for ensuring funds are used for their intended purpose and in a manner to conduct the goals and objectives identified in the grant. RCAW reserves the right to deny a grant application if it suspects or detects fraudulent information contained on a grant application RCAW also reserves the right to report suspected fraud to the appropriate officials, and applicants will be banned from applying for grants in the future. They may be subject to repayment of said grant funds to RCAW. All parties involved in grant fraud can potentially be charged with government grant fraud. Using state and federal grant dollars for unjust enrichment, personal gain, or other than their intended use is a form of theft, subject to criminal prosecution. Read the Grant Program Detailed Fraud Disclaimer.

RCAW Respite Grant Program

Below are the dollars awarded to family caregivers, agencies, and new and existing programs to increase respite care statewide. To learn more about our grants, here.

Updated June 01, 2024 

Dollars Awarded to New & Existing Respite Provider Agencies
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Dollars Awarded for the Group Respite Grant Program
0
Dollars Awarded for the Caregiver Respite Grant Program
0
Dollars Awarded for the Supplemental Respite Grant Program
0