Lifespan Respite Care Program: Special Projects to Strengthen Program Development, Implementation and Sustainability

Funding Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services

The U.S. Administration for Community Living (ACL), Administration on Aging (AoA), is providing this competitive grant opportunity to eligible entities for implementing special projects under the authority granted in Section 2903 of the Lifespan Respite Care Act of 2006 (P.L. 109-442). These special projects will complement the work of the Lifespan Respite Technical Assistance and Resource Center (TARC) funded in FY 2020, under Funding Opportunity Number: HHS-2020-ACL-AOA-LRLT-0412. Additionally, under the “RAISE Family Caregivers Act,” an Advisory Council has been established to “provide the establishment and maintenance of a [National] Family Caregiving Strategy…” With the formation of the Family Caregiving Advisory Council and the forthcoming National Strategy, an anticipated focus on improving access to respite, workforce issues, and the role of natural supports will be a likely focus of attention nationwide. Thus, the special projects identified in this Funding Opportunity Announcement are expected to concentrate on strengthening the underpinnings lifespan respite program development, implementation and sustainability (capacity building) with respect to the following:

1. Develop, test and scale a respite workforce recruitment, training and retention program to better meet the respite needs of families, particularly in light of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the workforce;

2. Develop and field test a state-based framework and roadmap for respite system planning and development, which ties to the forthcoming National Caregiving Strategy, currently under development; and

3. Strengthen and test enhanced approaches to help caregivers and families develop or strengthen their own natural support systems to include respite and other supports.

4. OPTIONAL: Other areas of expanded TA and capacity building to improve state-based respite capacities, as identified by applicants and their partners

Lifespan Respite Care programs are coordinated systems of accessible, community-based respite care services for family caregivers of children or adults of all ages with special needs. Public and/or nonprofit agencies and organizations, including faith-based organizations and community-based organizations, as well as universities and other entities, are eligible to apply under this program announcement.


  • Letter of Intent: Aug. 14, 2020
  • Applications: Sep. 3, 2020

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Eligibility Requirements

Domestic public or private non-profit entities including state and local governments, Indian tribal governments and organizations (American Indian/Alaskan Native/Native American), faith-based organizations, community-based organizations, hospitals, and institutions of higher education.



Amount Description

Under this competition, the Administration on Aging (AoA) will award one (1) new cooperative agreement of up to $750,000, to perform the tasks described in this Announcement. This project will be funded at a federal share of up to $750,000 for a period of three years. No additional funding will be provided in subsequent years.

Funding Type





Community Outreach and Engagement
Social Sciences

External Deadline

September 3, 2020