Weatherization Assistance for Low-Income Persons

To improve home energy efficiency for low-income families through the most cost-effective measures possible.

The program?s additional objectives are:
1.

To reduce fossil fuel emissions created as a result of activities within the jurisdictions of eligible entities; and
2.

To
reduce the total energy use of the eligible units while ensuring their health and safety.
Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2016: Energy audits and energy efficiency retrofits and upgrades for the residences of low income individuals, administered through the various State Energy and/or Housing Offices.

Fiscal Year 2017: Energy audits and energy efficiency retrofits and upgrades for the residences of low income individuals, administered through the various State Energy and/or Housing Offices.

Fiscal Year 2018: Energy audits and energy efficiency retrofits and upgrades for the residences of low income individuals, administered through the various State Energy and/or Housing Offices.


Agency - Department of Energy

The Department of Energy's goal is to advance national, economic and energy security in the U.S.; to promote scientific and technological innovation in support of that goal; and to ensure environmental cleanup of the national nuclear weapons complex.




Selected Recipients for this Program


RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
District Of Columbia, Government Of $ 2,038,699   2017-10-012020-06-30
Maine State Housing Authority $ 9,996,171   2017-04-012020-03-31
Economic And Community Affairs, Alabama Department Of $ 7,934,110   2017-04-012020-03-31
Housing And Community Renewal, New York State Division Of $ 65,371,454   2017-04-012020-03-31
Indiana Housing And Community Development Authority $ 21,605,954   2017-04-012020-03-31
State Of Delaware, Dnrec $ 1,986,278   2017-05-242020-03-31
Alaska Housing Finance Corporation $ 5,690,960   2017-04-012020-03-31
Georgia Environmental Finance Authority $ 10,109,515   2017-04-012020-03-31
Human Rights, Iowa Department Of $ 15,851,350   2017-04-012020-03-31
South Carolina Office Of State Treasurer $ 5,886,396   2017-04-012020-03-31



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: Energy audits and energy efficiency retrofits and upgrades for the residences of low income individuals, administered through the various State Energy and/or Housing Offices. Fiscal Year 2017: Energy audits and energy efficiency retrofits and upgrades for the residences of low income individuals, administered through the various State Energy and/or Housing Offices. Fiscal Year 2018: Energy audits and energy efficiency retrofits and upgrades for the residences of low income individuals, administered through the various State Energy and/or Housing Offices.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Improvement of the thermal efficiency and cooling of dwellings by the installation of weatherization materials such as attic insulation, caulking, weather-stripping, furnace efficiency modifications, certain mechanical measures to heating and cooling systems, and replacement furnaces, boilers, and air-conditioners.

Grantees may average expenditures per dwelling unit for materials, program support and labor costs not to exceed an average per unit of $6,500 adjusted annually for inflation.

Up to 10 percent of each grant may be spent by a Grantee and its subgrantees for administrative expenses ( in the Formula Grants a Grantee may not use more than 5 percent of the total State grant for such purposes).

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

States and Territories, including the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S.

Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam, Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas, and, Native American tribal organizations (Navajo Nation, Northern Cheyenne, Intertribal Council of Arizona).

In the event a State does not apply, a unit of general purpose local government, or community action agencies and/or other nonprofit agencies within that State becomes eligible to apply.

Beneficiary Eligibility

All low-income households are eligible to receive weatherization assistance. A low-income household is one whose combined income falls at or below 200 percent of the Federal poverty level determined by the Office of Management and Budget's poverty income guidelines or the basis on which Federal, State, or local cash assistance payments have been made. A State may also elect to make all homes eligible under the HHS Low-income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) eligible for weatherization assistance and may use either 150 percent of poverty or 60 percent of State median income.

Credentials/Documentation

Compliance with Federal, State and local environmental statutes and regulations, as required under the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. The Department of Energy (DOE) requires that grantees meet certain statutory and administrative requirements which can be found in the Weatherization Program Rules available at 10 CFR Section 440 et al and from DOE offices. For Formula Grants, Governors or their designated agencies must apply for grants to the appropriate DOE office and submit State Plans and applications pursuant to State applications at 10 CFR part 440.12. Any household at or below 200% of poverty, per the modified statute, is considered low-income. About 15 million of all eligible households are good candidates for Weatherization. Priority service is given to the elderly, people with disabilities, and families with children. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

No preapplication form or conference is required by DOE.

A copy of the final State plan must accompany the grant application from the State.

Consultation and assistance will be available from the DOE in the preparation of the application.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is eligible for coverage under E.O.

12372, 'Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs.' An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. State applications for the WAP Program must be submitted through the PAGE system (https://www.page.energy.gov/login.aspx) to be considered for award.

Award Procedures

Formula Grants: States and tribes will submit applications for available allocation. Grant applications will be reviewed by DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) personnel. Grant procedures will be in accordance with Federal government regulations. Notification of grant awards will be issued by the DOE Procurement Office and/or EERE personnel serving the applicant State. Project Grants: Evaluations will be conducted by an independent merit review committee and Federal employes. Final decisions to approve are made by ASEE, Program Manager and/or Designee. DOE Field Offices are then instructed to negotiate and prepare the grant award documents.

Deadlines

Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.

Authorization

Public Law 111-5 ?American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009?; Public Law 110?140 ?Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007?; Public Law 109?58 ?Energy Policy Act of 2005?; Public Law 102-486 ?Energy Policy Act of 1992?; Public Law 95-91 ?Department of Energy Organization Act of 1977?; Public Law 94-385 'Energy Conservation and Production Act of 1976'; Title IV, Energy Conservation and Production Act; Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007; Energy Policy Act of 2005.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Submission deadlines will be published in the funding opportunity announcements at: https://www.page.energy.gov/login.aspx.

Appeals

As required under 42 U.S.C. 6861 et. seq. and 10 CFR Section 440.

Renewals

Renewals are subject to review by the DOE program office and subject to the availability of funds. Financial assistance will be provided from sums appropriated for any fiscal year only upon annual application.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. This program has no matching requirements. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Awards last between 3-5 years. Authorized funding is established by ECPA, NECPA and ESA. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: No information was provided.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

No program reports are required.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Quarterly progress and financial status reports are required along with a final report at the end of the project.

Quarterly financial reports are required.

No performance monitoring is required.

Audits

In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.

Records

The administrative requirements for DOE grants and cooperative agreements are contained in 2 CFR 200 as amended by 2 CFR 910 and 10 CFR Part 440.

Financial Information

Account Identification

89-0321-0-1-270.

Obigations

(Formula Grants) FY 16 $204,386,444; FY 17 est $116,339,249; and FY 18 Estimate Not Available

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$2,500 to $6,500 per dwelling unit.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

As described under the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. Weatherization Assistance guidelines published June 1, 1977. Amendments to guidelines published January 2, 1979, August 29, 1979, February 27, 1980, June 1, 1981, March 1, 1982, January 27, 1984, January 4, 1985, December 5, 1985, March 4 1993, June 5, 1995, and December 8, 2000. Additionally, 2 CFR 200 and 10 CFR 440.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None.

Headquarters Office

James Cash 15013 Denver West Parkway, Golden, Colorado 80401 Email: james.cash@ee.doe.gov Phone: 240-562-1456

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

As described under the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. DOE requires that grantees meet certain statutory and administrative requirements which can be found in the Weatherization Program Guidelines at http://apps1.eere.energy.gov/weatherization/.




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