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Cooperative Agreements to USA State Agencies
to Plan and Establish Respite Care Programs

Lifespan Respite Care Program: Grants to New States and States Re-Establishing Their Core Respite Infrastructures

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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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06/17/22 11:59 PM ET


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Cooperative agreements to USA state agencies to plan and establish respite care programs. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Funding is intended for the establishment of respite services including training workers and assisting caregivers with gaining access to needed services.

Successful applicants will be required to establish or re-establish 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 family members (including grandparents of any age who are primary caretakers of children or adults with special needs), foster parents, or others who are providing unpaid care to adults who require care to meet basic needs or prevent injury and to children who require care beyond that required to meet the basic needs of the child (collectively referred to as family members). 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. No phase-in or preference for specific age groups, disability categories, or populations will be permitted.

For explanations of Activities and Recommended Approaches, see pp. 8-9 of the NOFO in Attached Files below.

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GrantWatch ID#: 202955

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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: 36-month project period with three 12-month budget periods

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

With this Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO), ACL is seeking applications from eligible states, as defined in statute, who fall within one of the following two categories:
- New States - ACL will make funds available to states who have not previously received a grant under this program.
- Returning States - ACL will make awards to states that have had at least one Lifespan Respite Program grant, but whose programs have gone dormant or lapsed since federal funding ended and, thus, desire to re-establish their core state respite infrastructures, rather than apply for a Program Enhancement grant.

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

Once funded, grantees will be expected to collaborate with multiple state and local agencies representing, or inclusive of, all ages, populations, disabilities and chronic conditions in planning and carrying out the requirements of the project.

For funding restrictions, see pp. 28-29 of the NOFO in Attached Files below.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Informational Conference Call: April 27, 2022 at 3:00pm ET
Conference Call Phone Number: 888-989-4712
Participant Pass Code: 1794062#

Pre-Application Information:

Date for Informational Conference Call: 04/27/2022
Due Date for Letter of Intent: 05/16/2022
Due Date for Applications: 06/17/2022

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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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;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

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