Illinois Medical Respite Capacity Building Initiative

The Illinois Medical Respite Capacity Building Initiative is led by the Illinois Public Health Institute (IPHI) with funding support from the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS).

Learn more about the initiative and the application process below.

About the Initiative

The Illinois Medical Respite Capacity Building Initiative (IMRCBI) is led by the Illinois Public Health Institute (IPHI) with funding from the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS). 

The IMRCBI currently provides awards for planning, pilot implementation and expansion of medical respite services to seventeen Illinois communities, including grants, technical assistance and a learning collaborative. Congratulations to our awardees listed below. 

BEDS Plus (LaGrange, IL)  

Blessing Health System (Quincy, IL)  

Connections for the Homeless (Evanston, IL)  

Franciscan Outreach (Chicago, IL)  

Heartland HOUSED (Springfield, IL)  

Home Sweet Home Ministries (Bloomington, IL)  

Joliet Township and Will Grundy Medical Clinic (Joliet, IL)  

Journeys: The Road Home (Palatine, IL)  

MacNeal Hospital – Sojourner House (Oak Park, IL)  

Madison County Health Department (Wood River, IL)  

PADS Lake County (Waukegan, IL)  

Phoenix Community Development Services (Peoria, IL)  

Project NOW (Rock Island, IL)  

Respond Now (Chicago Heights, IL)  

Swedish Hospital (Chicago, IL)  

The Boulevard (Chicago, IL)  

UW Health (Rockford, IL) 


Please read our press release here. 

Key Dates

Applications OpenJanuary 10, 2024

Applications Close 

11:59 PM CST

on January 29, 2024

Award Notification and Start DateFebruary 12, 2024
Signed Statements of Work and Sub-contracts DueFebruary 29, 2024
Learning Collaborative Meeting #1April 9, 2024 from 2-3:30 PM CT 
Learning Collaborative Meeting #2

May 23, 2024 2:30-4PM CT

New Request for Applications

The IMRCBI has released a new request for applications for Medical Respite Planning Awards. This request for applications seeks to add three awardees to our existing awardee cohort. Applicants accepted into the cohort will receive up to $25,000, technical assistance and learning collaborative meetings to support planning efforts to bring new medical respite services to their community. The award period will run from February 12, 2024 through June 30, 2024.  

Please note that only one project will be funded in a single community or service area. In cases where we receive more than one application from a community that is selected for funding, we may request that you partner with another applicant. 

Download the RFA here. 

Award Components and Expectations

Awarded organizations are expected to collaborate with medical respite stakeholders in their community to develop a plan for medical respite services. They will also attend learning collaborative meetings on medical respite led by the National Institute for Medical Respite Care (NIMRC). Technical assistance will also be provided by NIMRC. 

With the funding and technical assistance support, selected applicants will be expected to: 

  • identify stakeholders and potential partners;  
  • determine the need for and barriers to medical respite in their community; and  
  • develop a plan to implement new medical respite services or scale existing medical respite capacity to address the need in their community. 

How to Apply

To apply, please send the following to by January 29, 2024, at 11:59 PM central standard time (CST) with the subject line Medical Respite RFA: 

  • the completed Request for Application (RFA) form (download below) 
  • a project budget (see the last page of the RFA form) 
  • a short letter of commitment from a member of your senior leadership team 
  • brief letters of commitment from key project partners  

    Informational webinar

    Please view this Informational Webinar introducing the Request for Applications (RFA) for the Illinois Medical Respite Capacity Building Initiative. The webinar describes the program’s background, purpose, and components, and explains how to navigate the Request for Applications (RFA).  


      Get answers to commonly asked questions here. 

      Additional Questions

      Questions on the application can be sent to Use subject line Medical Respite RFA Question.