Caregiver Respite Grant Program (CRGP)

***Effective October 11, 2021, All CRGP documents must be submitted via the Online Fillable Grant Portal***

Applicants complete the Eligibility Criteria Form (ECF) & the ADRC/County completes Supporting Documentation Form (SDF)
RCAW notifies the applicant via email after the ECF & SDF has been received and will get the CRGP application link.

Once the application is completed, RCAW then emails the applicant, informing them if the application is approved and with a link to the Grant Report.
Once RCAW receives the completed Grant Report from an approved applicant, RCAW will send the awarded grant funds.

Caregiver Respite Grant Programs - Caregiver caring for elderly woman with family carevigerYou likely devote a great deal of time and energy to taking care of a loved one living with disabilities and special needs, but it’s so important that you take care of yourself, too! If you are not at your best, how can you give your best to the people you love? The Caregiver Respite Grant Program is here to help you do just that!

Our Caregiver Respite Grant Program (CRGP) provides financial support for family caregivers for up to five days of respite care within a 90-day period. 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 are not available or have been used up.

What’s even better is that you can reapply for this grant every 180 days if you need the time for your own self-care. What a great way to recharge your batteries or spend some one-on-one time with another family member or friend for up to 10 days per year!

Imagine being able to:

  • Take a special day to spend 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 taking a few hours to get yourself a massage, run some errands, visit a park or catch up on some reading.



To be eligible for the grant, you will need to have supporting documentation from the applicable Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) or county showing:

  1. 1. 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,

    2. Has been denied Long-Term Care Waiver support(s) or other programs that provide respite services,

    3. Has been approved for Long- Term Care Waiver support(s) or other programs that provide respite services and has exhausted funds from said programs,

    4. Has applied and is receiving LTC-Waiver supports. The applicant needs the flexibility to hire a family member or friend not covered by current funding supports. 

    5. Has not applied for a Long-Term Care Waiver support(s) because they are ineligible for other supports



All applicants must have a valid email to apply for the CRGP.

CRGP Overview, Policy, and Procedure Form

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

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 Contacts List to locate and contact your county representative for the CLTS Waiver Program or CCOP services.

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

Sample Caregiver Respite Worker Agreement

If you are hiring a respite care provider to care for your loved one, please feel free to use our Sample Respite Care Provider Agreement as a guide. 


Have you or the care recipient:

  1. Applied for Long-term Care Waiver support(s) or other programs and is not expecting to receive services or approval within thirty (30) days of the application?
  2. Applied for and been denied Long-term Care Waiver support(s) or other programs that provide respite services?
  3. Applied for and been approved for Long-term Care Waiver support(s) or other programs that provide respite services and have exhausted or will exhaust funding from said programs?
  4. Applied for  Long-Term Care Waiver support and need the flexibility to hire a friend or family member that is not covered by current funding support?
  5. Not applied for Long-Term Care Waiver support, because you are not eligible?

If you answered “yes” to any of the statements above, you are potentially eligible for a Caregiver Respite Grant.

No! Applicants may hire family, friends, respite agency providers, or neighbors. RCAW is not the employer of care providers and does not dictate who the primary caregiver hires to provide respite care. You can also use the services of local care facilities to provide respite care.


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 Leslie Thede: [email protected]

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

Statistics from July 01, 2020 – March 2022

Number of respite care providers listed on the registry
Number of respite hours funded through our CRGP
amount of $$ allocated via grant programs
Number of learners who’ve completed Respite Care Provider Training