CORE Grant Program

The purpose of the CORE Grant Program is to:  

1.) Expand the pool of trained respite care providers by hosting recruitment and outreach events,

2.) Educate family caregivers about long-term care resources, including respite care, and  

3.) Collaborate with agencies that support family caregivers, including but not limited to ADRCs, County CLTS, and CCOP staff, Tribes.

This grant is for your community or organization if you are:

  • A county or local government agency,
  • A tribe or band,
  • A community-based private, non-profit entity, or
  • A community-based private for-profit entity.

For more information about the types of activities that could be supported with the CORE Grant, look at the Overview and Application Forms.


  • A respite care worker recruitment, training & retention event or job fair,
  • A family caregiver outreach or education event,
  • An in-home respite care business start-up information session, or
  • Other activities as approved by RCAW that support our mission. 


The CORE Grant is a collaborative effort. While there are a set of responsibilities for both the grant recipient and RCAW, the RCAW staff is here to help you in a number of ways. Please read the CORE Overview And Application to learn more about how we can support you in your local outreach or educational activity.

More Questions?

If you have any questions about the CORE Grant Program, your eligibility, or other resources, please contact RCAW Project Manager, Rachel Watkins-Petersen.

Respite Care Association of Wisconsin’s CORE Program funds are a grant from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services—Division of Medicaid Services.

 We want to invite you to take The Wisconsin Respite Survey. The Wisconsin Respite Survey is an online survey of caregivers, care recipients, respite providers, and agencies.
Your input in this survey is significant to understand the current state of respite better. The survey is being conducted in partnership between the Marquette University College of Nursing, the Respite Care Association of Wisconsin, and the ARCH National Resource Network.
The purpose of the survey is to:
1. Assess and understand the current state of respite in Wisconsin by understanding who is receiving respite
2. Understand the availability and access to receiving respite
3. Understand the barriers to receive quality respite
4. Understand the respite care workforce
5. Understand how respite is used and what outcomes respite has

Data from July 01, 2020 – JULY 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