Respite Care Provider Grant

Respite Care Association of Wisconsin (RCAW) is looking to fund direct respite  care hours to underserved populations. 

The Respite Care Provider Grants will be available twice a year to increase  direct respite care services to existing and start-up programs that provide  services to underserved populations. Priority is given to programs serving rural  communities, Native American Tribes, Hispanic/Latino, African American, or  Hmong families, Relatives as caregivers (i.e. Grandfamilies), and children and  families in crisis (high risk for abuse and neglect). Other populations will be  considered as well. A program is eligible to apply for this grant if they will be  providing direct respite care in the next three months.  

RCAW will be offering these grant funds over the next few years because of a  grant received through the Federal Lifespan Respite Grant program and a  partnership with WI Department of Health Services. Request for proposals will be  released a couple times each year.  

Organizations that have not received previous grant funds from RCAW will be  given priority.  

Respite Care Provider Grants

  • The program must provide respite care in Wisconsin 
  • Grant requests should be $4,000 or less 
  • Direct respite care hours will be provided during the Winter of 2021
  • Grant funds should be used for direct respite services. Examples include:
    • Covering the program fees for individuals in the identified  populations
    • Creating new respite programs that target an underserved  population
    • Expanding existing programs to underserved populations
    • Staff costs, program supplies, activities, rental space, etc. that relate  to providing respite to underserved populations.

Important Dates

September 1st, 2021

Grant Application Released

October 18th, 2021

Grant applications are due by midnight, CST.

November 1st, 2021

Grant Awards will be announced, checks will be mailed.

March 31st, 2022

One-time Progress Report Due (1-page reporting on impact, participants served,
and hours of provided respite care)


Please respond to the following questions in a document no longer than 4  pages (includes the cover page). Please email your application to RCAW’s  Program Support Specialist, Leslie Thede, at [email protected]. Please use Respite Care Provider Grants as the subject line.

  • Agency Name/ Program Name 
  • Agency Mailing Address 
  • Contact Name, Email, Phone Number 
  • Amount Requested 
  • Identify if this is a start-up program or an existing program  Client Age: Children, Adult, Elderly, ALL 
  • Client Population and Disabilities Served 
    • Priority is given to programs serving rural communities, Native  American Tribes, Hispanic/Latino, African American, or Hmong  families, and children at risk for abuse and neglect. Other  populations will be considered as well. 
  • Summary of Request (one paragraph summary of request, no more than  250 words)

Answer the Following Questions:

  1. Describe the respite program that will use these funds. 
  2. Describe how these funds will be used to increase respite care services to  your identified underserved population.  
  3. Write 1-3 measurable outcomes related to respite for underserved  populations (serving caregivers, direct service hours, number of  participants, etc.). 
  4. If this is a start-up program, please describe your sustainability plan for the  new program. 
  5. How many people do you estimate will be touched by these grant funds? 6. How many hours of direct respite service do you plan on providing  because of these funds? 

Include a budget of how grant funds will be spent.

More Questions?

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

Overview of RCAW Respite Grant Programs

Updated April 01, 2024 

Dollars provided to new and existing respite care agencies to increase respite across the state
Dollars provided to agencies through the Group Respite Grant Program
Dollars provided to family caregivers to receive respite care through the Caregiver Respite Grant Program
Dollars provided to family caregivers through the Supplemental Respite Grant Program