Respite Care Provider Grant

Respite Care Association of Wisconsin (RCAW) is looking to provide grants to organizations looking to increase the direct respite care hours they currently provide.

The Respite Care Provider Grant is available to increase direct respite care services to established programs. Priority is given to programs serving underserved populations. Those populations can be viewed on our Underserved Populations Policy for Grant Funds.

Other populations will be considered as well. Organizations that have not received previous grant funds from RCAW will be prioritized.  

CRITERIA FOR Respite Care Provider Grants: 

  • The program must provide respite care in Wisconsin for persons who reside in Wisconsin
  • Grant requests should be $4,000 or less 
  • Direct respite care hours will be provided within 90 days of the awarded grant 
  • Grant funds should be used ONLY for direct respite services. Examples include:
      • Covering the program fees for individuals in the identified populations 
      • The funds will be used to cover program costs for Kinship families.
      • The funds will be used to create a sensory room to serve a rural community.
      • The funds will hire a culturally appropriate care provider to serve the black community.


  • 03/22/2024 – Grant Application Released 
  • 04/22/2024– Grant applications are due by midnight CST. 
  • 05/01/2024 – Grant Awards will be announced.  
  • 07/01/2024 -Funds mailed
  • 10/01/2024– One-time Progress Report Due 

Any questions can be directed to Leslie Thede at [email protected].

This project was 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 $1,892,074 with 75% percentage funded by ACL/HHS and $634,636 with 25% percentage funded by State of Wisconsin source(s). 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.

Grant Program Fraud Statement: RCAW funds the majority of its programs with state and federal funds. RCAW is responsible for ensuring funds are used for their intended purpose and in a manner to conduct the goals and objectives identified in the grant. RCAW reserves the right to deny a grant application if it suspects or detects fraudulent information contained on a grant application RCAW also reserves the right to report suspected fraud to the appropriate officials, and applicants will be banned from applying for grants in the future. They may be subject to repayment of said grant funds to RCAW. All parties involved in grant fraud can potentially be charged with government grant fraud. Using state and federal grant dollars for unjust enrichment, personal gain, or other than their intended use is a form of theft, subject to criminal prosecution. Read the Grant Program Detailed Fraud Disclaimer.

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