Group Respite Grant Program (GRGP)

The Group Respite Grant Program provides funding so agencies and organizations can hire respite care providers to offer on-site respite care so primary caregivers can partake in activities like support groups, classes, conferences, etc. This grant can also assist in offsetting costs for group activities for caregivers and care recipients.

The GRGP ensures that care recipients across the lifespan have quality care while their family member or primary care provider is stepping way for their self-care and support.  

Grants can help cover the costs of a one-time event or regularly recurring activities such as a support group and are not limited to non-profit or 501c3 organizations. These group activities can bring together people with shared life situations for a much-needed recreation, bonding, support, and respite.

Examples of Past GRGP Recipients

Some examples of past GRGP recipient organizations include:

  • WisconSibs: The GRGP grant helped WisconSibs provide summer camp sponsorship for siblings of those with special needs.
  • Moon Beach: This GRGP grant made it possible to provide a camp experience for 35 to 50 family members where one family member is currently living with dementia. Family members at the camp included children, grandchildren, parents, and siblings and provided cherished life-affirming activities such as bonfires, safe water activities, and other events.
  • Fox Valley Memory Project Mindworks Program: The CRGP grant helped fund an extra day of Mindworks, a program designed for those with early symptoms of memory loss or dementia. This program also provides respite opportunities for care recipients and families while participants are engaged in the Mindworks class.
More Information and Apply for the grgp

For more information about the GRGP and application criteria, download the GRGP Overview PDF

To apply, please complete the GRGP Application

If you are a family caregiver or care provider and are looking for group respite services in your area, visit The Respite Care Registry.

 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