Caregiver Respite Grant Program (CRGP)

Applicants can reapply for the Caregiver Respite Grant Program every 60 days. 

Please reference this page for up-to-date grant information.

view the slides for the four-step application process

Step One
The CRGP applicant completes the Eligibility Criteria Form & the ADRC or County completes the Supporting Documentation Form.
Step Two
Once the Eligibility Criteria Form and Supporting Documentation Form have been submitted, RCAW will email the applicant the link to the CRGP application.
Step Three
Once the applicant applies, RCAW will notify them if the application is approved via email with a link to The Grant Report.
Step Four
The applicant submits The Grant Report after the respite care has been provided, and RCAW will send the awarded grant funds.

You likely devote a lot of time and energy to caring for a loved one with disabilities and special needs, but you must take care of yourself, too! How can you give your best to the people you love if you are not at your best? The Caregiver Respite Grant Program (CRGP) is here to help you do that! 

Our CRGP provides financial support for family caregivers for up to five days of respite care within 30 days of approval. The grant helps you pay for one-on-one personal care from the caregiver of your choice for your loved one living with disabilities or special needs.

This grant is available when financial support through other caregiver support or long-term care waiver programs is not available or has been used up. Depending on funding, caregivers may be able to reapply for this grant a few times a year. Please look at the top of the grant’s webpage for up-to-date information.  What a great way to recharge your batteries or spend one-on-one time with another family member or friend!

Imagine being able to:

  • Take a special day with another child in your family for some one-on-one quality time so they feel important and loved.
  • Going fishing with a buddy after years of not doing so because caring for your family member has required your constant attention.
  • Just take a few hours to get a massage, run some errands, visit a park or catch up on some reading.

To be eligible for the grant, each applicant must have their applicable ADRC, county case manager, etc., complete the Supporting Documentation Form showing the applicant:

  • Has applied for a Long-term Care Waiver or other programs and not expecting to receive services or approval within thirty (30) days of the application
  • Has been denied Long-Term Care Waiver support(s) or other programs that provide respite services
  • Has been approved for Long- Term Care Waiver support(s) or other programs that provide respite services and has exhausted funds from said programs
  • Has applied and is receiving other supports, and the applicant needs flexibility for services not covered by current funding supports
  • Has not applied for a Long-Term Care Waiver support(s) because they are ineligible for other supports

Use the links below to apply

CRGP Overview, Policy, and Procedure Form

This explains all of the eligibility requirements, application procedures, and additional resources to help you apply. 

The CRGP Eligibility Criteria Form can be found HERE

The Supporting Documentation Form can be found HERE

Once RCAW has notified the applicant (via email) that the ECF & SDF has been received, they will receive a link to the CRGP application.

Once RCAW has approved the application, applicants will receive a link to complete the fillable Grant Report. Applicants will also receive a link within the same email to complete the Caregiver Respite Experience Survey. Only those who wish to reapply for the CRGP need to complete the survey.


Be sure to first check your eligibility with these programs before applying for the Caregiver Respite Grant Program. 

For primary caregivers of children, use this Wisconsin County Contact List to locate and contact your county representative for the CLTS Waiver Program or CCOP services.

For primary caregivers of adults or older adults, use this Wisconsin Aging & Disability Resource Center List to locate and contract your ADRC for the LTC programs listed above.  

Appeals: RCAW’s board of directors will review CRGP applicants’ disputes and provide resolution requirements for RCAW.  Anyone who wishes to file an appeal must use the Grant Denial Appeal Form.


If you have any questions about the Caregiver Respite Grant Program, your eligibility, or other resources, don’t hesitate to contact RCAW Program Support Specialist at

Data from 2018 – December 2022

Number of individuals who've successfully completed the Respite Care Provider Training course
Number of respite care providers currently listed on the Wisconsin Respite Care Registry
Total dollars we’ve provided family caregivers to receive respite care through the Caregiver Respite Grant Program
Number of respite hours provided to family caregivers who've applied for the Caregiver Respite Grant Program