Respite Care Provider Grant

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

The Respite Care Provider Grants (RCPG) will be available twice a year to increase direct respite care services to existing or 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 it 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 the WI Department of Health Services. Request for proposals will be released a couple of times each year. 

Important Dates Spring 2023:

  • 02/13/2023 – Grant Application Released 
  • 03/31/2023– Grant applications are due by midnight CST. 
  • 4/17/2023 – Grant Awards will be announced. 
  • 8/31/2023– One-time Progress Report Due (1-page reporting on impact, participants served, and hours of provided respite care)

***This project was supported, in part by grant number 90LRLI0032, from the U.S. Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C. 20201. Grantees undertaking projects with government sponsorship are encouraged to express freely their findings and conclusions. Points of view or opinions do not, therefore, necessarily represent official ACL policy. 

Criteria For Respite Care Provider Grants

  • The program must provide respite care in Wisconsin 
  • Grant requests should be $4,000 or less 
  • 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

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