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 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 Fall 2022:

Applications are due October 14, 2022, by midnight CST

Grant Awards will be announced on November 01, 2022

Progress Reports will be due at the end of February 28, 2023


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
 We want to invite you to take The Wisconsin Respite Survey. The Wisconsin Respite Survey is an online survey of caregivers, care recipients, respite providers, and agencies.
Your input in this survey is significant to understand the current state of respite better. The survey is being conducted in partnership between the Marquette University College of Nursing, the Respite Care Association of Wisconsin, and the ARCH National Resource Network.
The purpose of the survey is to:
1. Assess and understand the current state of respite in Wisconsin by understanding who is receiving respite
2. Understand the availability and access to receiving respite
3. Understand the barriers to receive quality respite
4. Understand the respite care workforce
5. Understand how respite is used and what outcomes respite has

Data from July 01, 2020 – JULY 2022

Number of respite care providers listed on the registry
Number of respite hours funded through our CRGP
amount of $$ allocated via grant programs
Number of learners who’ve completed Respite Care Provider Training