Supplemental Respite Grant Program

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

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

Family caregivers perform various complex services, including bathing, dressing, medication management, coordinating care, financial assistance, and critical medical services. They often are employed, and their other responsibilities include cooking, cleaning, laundry, lawn care, snow removal, transportation, and ensuring their home is accessible and safe for their loved ones. Our Supplemental Respite Grant Program (SRGP) can support family caregivers by providing $250 for supplemental respite services. 

Imagine being able to:

  • Take a special day to rest, fresh, and recharge while someone else helps you with housekeeping duties, laundry, and meal prep,
  • Use SRGP grant funds to pay for home safety interventions and technology to decrease isolation and increase social engagement,
  • Take respite, knowing someone else is assisting with lawn care or snow removal.

Getting a break from these duties isn’t a luxury; it is necessary for caregivers’ mental health. Affording to pay someone to provide supplemental services should not be a barrier to receiving the break family caregivers deserve.

The SRGP applicant completes the Eligibility Criteria Form (ECF) & the ADRC/County completes the Supporting Documentation Form (SDF)
Once the ECF & SDF have been submitted, RCAW will email the applicant the link to the SRGP application.
RCAW will then send the applicant an email stating whether the application has been approved. Applicants receive awarded grant funds in 7-10 business days.
 Applicants need to track expenses using the Grant Report. RCAW will email a link to this form to approved applicants. 


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 support

CRGP Overview, Policy, and Procedure Form

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

The SRGP Eligibility Criteria Form can be found HERE

The link to 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.

Applicants need to track expenses using the Grant Report. RCAW will email a link to this form to approved applicants. ​


Be sure to first check your eligibility with these programs before applying for the Supplemental 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 adultsuse 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 questions about the Supplemental Respite Grant Program, your eligibility, or other resources, please get in touch with RCAW Project Manager Rachel Watkins-Petersen.

Data from 2018 – October 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