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Pandemic Relief Funds

Apply to Receive CARES Act Funds by June 30

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) is accepting applications from specific types of health care providers (listed below) for $110 million of funding provided to the state under the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. These funds will be used to make payments to offset facilities and services’ lost revenues and expenditures incurred during March, April, and May 2020, related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This application closes on June 30. Throughout the month, FAQs about eligibility, the application, and the payment process, have been updated on the CARES Act Provider Payments page on the DHS website and instructional videos have been added.

Depending on availability of funds, additional payments for costs will be made to those providers whose losses and expenses were more than the maximum initial payment amount.
If you have questions about the program or difficulties applying, please email

Providers eligible to apply are:

Home and community-based service providers* that provide:

  • 1-2 bed adult family homes
  • Day services
  • Home health
  • Personal care
  • Pre-vocational and supported employment
  • Respite care
  • Supportive home care
  • Daily living skills training for children

Assisted living facilities, including:

  • 3-4 bed adult family homes
  • Community-based resident facilities (CBRFs)
  • Resident care apartment complexes (RCACs)

Nursing homes, including:h

  • Skilled nursing facilities
  • Intermediate care facilities

Emergency medical service agencies

Clinics/health centers, including:

  • Rural health clinics
  • Federally qualified health centers
  • Tribal health clinics
  • Free and low cost clinics

* Only entities/organizations may apply for funding. Individuals such as those who are participant-hired workers or paid through a fiscal agent are not eligible.