November 2004Vol. 5, No. 9Programs to Support Relatives as Caregivers
The Brookdale Foundation's Relatives as Parents Program (RAPP) provides seed grants to local agencies and State grantees to establish programs that support grandparents or other kin who are caring for children. Each year, grants of $10,000 are awarded over a 2-year period to up to 15 local community-based agencies and up to 5 State agencies. Local grants focus on providing services and developing or strengthening linkages between community-based agencies. State grants focus on developing statewide networks of service providers and establishing inter-system task forces to address issues related to relatives as caregivers.
Currently, RAPPs provide extensive services to grandparents and other relative caregivers in 41 States. Examples of services include linking caregivers to trainings and other sources of information, providing assessment and referrals, providing respite care, and developing or expanding support groups.
RAPP requests for proposals (RFPs) and their guidelines are disseminated on an annual basis. This year, applicants must apply for local grants by January 13, 2005; State grant applications are due February 10, 2005. The 2005 RFP, along with a more complete description of the program, is available on the foundation's website at www.brookdalefoundation.org.