Apply for Respite Funds

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Through the support of the Division of Services for the Aging and Adults with Physical Disabilities, the Delaware Lifespan Respite Care Network is able to provide families with small grants to fund respite care.  The grants help pay for care for individuals of all ages and with any type of disability or special need.  Not sure what respite is?  Check out our list of frequently asked questions.

Below we provide a description of our application process so you know what to expect when you apply.

1.   Apply starting September 16, 2016 (AS OF 3/10/17, GRANT FUNDING IS FULLY OBLIGATED.  SEE FRONT PAGE FOR INFORMATION ON HOW TO PUT YOUR INFORMATION ON THE CONTACT LIST)

Estimated time: 10-15 minutes

*Please fill out one application for each care recipient.  For example, if you have two children with special Health care needs, you need to fill out two applications.

Our grant cycle begins in the fall of each year.  Applications are processed on a first come, first serve basis.

2. Staff processes your application and sends it to our committee

Estimated time: 2 – 3 weeks

Once we have received your application, we submit it to our committee who decides whether the caregiver is eligible to receive funds through our grant.  The committee is formed by representatives from local non-profits in the Delaware region who serve individuals with disabilities and special needs and their caregivers.

We rely on a committee to help process applications because they provide an impartial decision, looking at each case individually.  Depending on the committee’s caseload, the review process can take up to three weeks.

3.  Staff notifies you of the committee’s decision

Estimated time: 2-3 days

If you have been approved:

Congratulations!  You should receive an approval packet within a few days.

your packet will be mailed to your home address.

For information on how to fill out any invoices or other forms, click here.

If you have been denied:

You will receive a letter notifying you of the committee’s decision.  The most common reason that an applicant is denied is because they are currently receiving respite funds through other organizations.  Our goal is to provide respite funds to people who have no other source of financial assistance, that is why we may deny someone who is receiving assistance from other sources.

Should you wish to appeal the decision, please contact us for details on the appeals process.

If you have been placed on the respite contact list:

Due to a limited amount of funds and a large amount of financial assistance requests, we typically distribute all funds before the end of the grant cycle.  When this happens, we place all additional applicants on a respite contact list.  Those on the respite contact list will be notified if/when additional funding becomes available.

We thank you for your interest in our grant application.  Questions?  Contact us.