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Lincoln – Applications for special project grants to develop and enhance local respite programs in southeast Nebraska are due to the YWCA-Lincoln office by Friday, Jan. 11, by 5 p.m., according to Misti McInteer, YWCA respite coordinator.
The Southeast Nebraska Respite Network has $20,000 available for use by local programs who meet funding eligibility guidelines. Agencies and organizations receiving funds must support the goals of the Nebraska Respite Network. Applications are available by calling McInteer at 402-434-3494, extension 103, or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
McInteer said funds have been used in the past for summer camps for children and adults with disabilities, care for the elderly, community collaboration to provide several hours of respite care during one day, and the expansion of other respite projects serving children or adults with developmental disabilities.
“Respite services help caregivers and those they serve achieve their goals in how and where they want to live,” she said. “We’re looking to support new and existing programs that provide caregivers a temporary break in the care of persons with special needs. Respite programs help caregivers to recharge their batteries, especially those who are not able to pay for respite services.”
Applications need to be dropped off or mailed to McInteer at: YWCA, 2620 O St., Lincoln, NE 68510-1339.
She said organizations in the following counties may apply: Lancaster, Gage, Saunders, Cass, Otoe, Johnson, Nemaha, Pawnee, Richardson, Butler, Seward, Saline, Jefferson, Thayer, Fillmore, York and Polk.
The Southeast Nebraska Respite Network is funded in part by a federal grant to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services from the Administration on Aging.