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and Expand Respite Programs

Lifespan Respite Care Program: State Program Enhancement Grants

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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) - Administration for Community Living (ACL) - Administration on Aging (AoA)

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06/14/22 11:59 PM ET


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Grants to USA state agencies in multiple states to improve and expand respite programs for all eligible caregivers. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Specific priority areas include provider training, identification of gaps in services, targeting underserved populations, and more.

Successful applicants will be required to enhance or expand state and local coordinated Lifespan Respite Care systems to serve family caregivers regardless of the age, disability, or chronic condition of the care recipient. Grantees will also be required to develop and provide new and emergency respite services; train and recruit respite workers, including volunteers; and assist caregivers in gaining access to respite care services that meet the needs of both the caregiver and care recipient.

Eligible respite recipients include adult family members (including grandparents, of any age, and other relatives who are primary caretakers of children or adults with special needs), foster parents, or others providing care to children who require assistance beyond that required to meet the basic needs of the child and unpaid care to adults who require care to meet basic needs or prevent injury. Further, all programs must, from the outset, address the respite needs of all populations regardless of the age and/or disability/special needs of the care recipient population. No phase-in or preference for specific age groups or disability categories will be permitted.

To be competitive, applicants should fully describe their proposed approaches for advancing their State Lifespan Respite Systems, with particular attention to the following Program Priority Areas:

  1. Direct service provision, incorporating the lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic where appropriate;
  2. Continued systems development;
  3. Strengthened collaborations and partnerships ;
  4. Paid and volunteer respite provider training;
  5. Identification and reduction of gaps in current services; and
  6. Targeting underserved and underrepresented populations across the lifespan, with particular emphasis on addressing those most impacted by COVID-19.

For further details on program priority areas, see pp. 8-11 of the NOFO in Attached Files below.

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GrantWatch ID#: 202954

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Award Ceiling: $299,500 per budget period
Award Floor: $239,500 per budget period

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The anticipated project period start date for this announcement is: 08/01/2022

Length of Project Periods: 60-month project period with five 12-month budget periods

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

By statute, awards may only be made to eligible state agencies that administer the State program under the Older Americans Act of 1965; administer the State program under title XIX of the Social Security Act; or are designated by the Governor of that state to administer the program activities described in this Announcement.

State agencies eligible to receive funding under The Act must have the ability to work with State and community-based organizations; understand respite care and family caregiver issues across all age groups, disabilities, and chronic conditions; and have the capacity to ensure meaningful involvement of family members, family caregivers, and care recipients.

This grant competition is further limited as follows:
- Eligible state agencies receiving funding under this funding announcement will be required to have developed a Lifespan Respite Care System and build upon the foundation they established by completing an initial Lifespan Respite Grant to New States.
- Therefore, eligible states include Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin.

For a list of funding restrictions, see pp. 27-28 of the NOFO in Attached Files below.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Informational Conference Call: APRIL 29. 2022 @ 3PM ET
Conference Call Phone Number: 888-989-4712
Participant Pass Code: 1794062#

Pre-Application Information:

Date for Informational Conference Call: 04/29/2022
Due Date for Letter of Intent: 05/13/2022
Due Date for Applications: 06/14/2022

Applicants are requested, but not required, to submit a letter of intent to apply for this funding opportunity to assist ACL in planning for the application independent review process. The purpose of the letter of intent is to allow staff to estimate the number of independent reviewers needed and to avoid potential conflicts of interest in the review.

Applications that fail to meet the application due date will not be reviewed and will receive no further consideration. You are strongly encouraged to submit your application a minimum of 3-5 days prior to the application closing date. Do not wait until the last day in the event you encounter technical difficulties, either on your end or with

The registration process can take several days. If your organization is not currently registered, please begin this process immediately.

All applicants must have a UEI and be registered with the System for Award Management (SAM, and maintain an active SAM registration until the application process is complete, and should a grant be made, throughout the life of the award. Note: Once your SAM registration is active, allow 24 to 48 hours for the information to be available in before you can submit an application through

Under this ACL program, ACL will fund no more than 75% of the project's total cost, which means the applicant must cover at least 25% of the project’s total cost with non-federal resources. In other words, for every three (3) dollars received in federal funding, the applicant must contribute at least one (1) dollar in non-federal resources toward the project's total cost.

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Letters of intent should be sent to:
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Administration for Community Living
Administration on Aging
Lori Stalbaum
Phone: 202-795-7444

Grants Management Specialist:
Jan-Sheri Morris
Phone: 202-795-7361

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USA: Alabama;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Louisiana;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   Wisconsin

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