Area Agency on Aging of Southeast Arkansas announces the availability of a new grant for respite care. The grant will allow respite care to be provided to a caregiver providing 24 hour service to their loved one with special needs.

The deadline is April 1, 2018, or until the monies run out, a spokesman said in a news release.

The grant is for any age group, however individuals with the greatest need will be considered first. The mini-grant project is funded through the Arkansas Lifespan Respite Coalition and the Administration on Community Living and made possible by the Department of Human Services, according to the release.

“The award is for one time only and is composed of 25 hours agency provided respite care. This respite is not to pay for an individual to hire someone to give respite care, nor is it to be used for adult day cares, institutional stays, overnight, evenings or weekends,” according to the release.

To apply, contact the case manager at Area Agency offices at Arkansas, Ashley, Bradley, Chicot, Cleveland, Desha, Drew, Grant, Jefferson or Lincoln counties.

In Jefferson County, call Pauline Jones or the case manager on duty at 870-543-6300. The toll free number is 1-800-264-3260.