Respite Care Funding for Tribal Nations of Wisconsin

Objective: Funding for Tribal Aging Offices, which understand the individual needs of their communities, for direct respite care for primary caregivers. The likelihood of Native American primary caregivers accessing respite care increases when they can self-direct the respite care provider of their choice. Connections and trust between these communities and DHS/RCAW can be built throughout the state.

Purpose: To meet people where they are and understand the individual needs of different communities. This idea follows the First Principles: Cross-Cutting Considerations for Family Caregiver Support. This project places the family and person at the center of all interactions and advances equity, accessibility, and inclusion for family caregivers in underserved communities to receive direct respite care.

Contact Rachel Watkins-Petersen for an application: [email protected]

Important dates

December 18, 2023: Grant applications released

January 25, 2024: Grant applications are due by midnight CST

January 31, 2024: Grant awards will be announced & contracts released

March 1, 2024: Grant funding will be awarded to approved applicants

December 31, 2024: End of grant award

January 31, 2025: Grant Report due

This program is supported by the Administration for Community Living (ACL), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of a financial assistance award totaling $664,261 with 74% percentage funded by ACL/HHS; $229,832 with 25% percentage funded by State of Wisconsin source(s); and 1% in-kind contributions. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by ACL/HHS, or the U.S. Government.

Overview of RCAW Respite Grant Programs

Updated February 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