Low-Income Home Energy Assistance

To make Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) grants available to States and other jurisdictions to assist eligible households to meet the costs of home energy. Supplemental Leveraging Incentive Funds may be awarded to reward States and other jurisdictions that provide additional benefits and services to LIHEAP-eligible households beyond what could be provided with Federal funds. Up to 25 percent of the leveraging incentive funds may be set aside for LIHEAP grantees that provide services through community-based nonprofit organizations to help LIHEAP-eligible households reduce their energy vulnerability under the Residential Energy Assistance Challenge Program (REACH). Training and Technical Assistance: To provide training and technical assistance to States and other jurisdictions administering the LIHEAP block grant program.

Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
93.568
Federal Agency
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Office: Administration for Children and Families
Types of Assistance
FORMULA GRANTS
Uses and Use Restrictions
Energy Assistance Block Grants: Funds are awarded to States, Tribes and Tribal Organizations, and Territories, which then make payments directly to an eligible low-income household or, on behalf of such household, to an energy supplier to assist in meeting the cost of home energy. Up to 10 percent of these funds may be used for State and local planning and administration. Up to 15 percent may be used for low-cost residential weatherization. Grantees may request that HHS grant a waiver for the fiscal year that increases from 15 percent to 25 percent funds that can be allotted for residential weatherization. Depending upon specific appropriations, HHS may allocate supplemental LIHEAP leveraging incentive funds to grantees that have acquired nonfederal leveraged resources in order to provide additional benefits and services to LIHEAP-eligible households to help them meet their home heating and cooling needs. Up to 25 percent of Leveraging Incentive Funds may be allocated by HHS to LIHEAP grantees that provide services through community-based nonprofit organizations to LIHEAP-eligible households to reduce their energy vulnerability, under the Residential Energy Assistance Challenge Program (REACH). Up to $600,000,000 is authorized as emergency contingency funds to be used to meet additional needs arising from a natural disaster or other emergency. Such funds will be made available only after submission to Congress of a formal budget request for all or part of the funds by the President that designates the amount of the request as an emergency under the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985. Training and Technical Assistance: the Secretary has authority to set aside up to $300,000 from each year’s appropriation for training and technical assistance relating to the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program. These T/TA activities are accomplished through: grants, contracts, or jointly financed cooperative or interagency agreements with States, Indian tribes, tribal organizations, public agencies or private nonprofit organizations; through interagency agreements, including with Federal agencies, or through on-site compliance reviews of LIHEAP grantees. The nature of and amount awarded for training and technical assistance vary from year to year.
Authorization
Low Income Home Energy Assistance Act of 1981, as amended.; The Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1981; Energy Policy Act of 2005 , Public Law 109-58.
Eligibility Requirements
Applicant Eligibility
Energy Assistance Block Grants: All States, the District of Columbia, federally-and State-recognized Indian Tribal governments which request direct funding, and specified Territories may receive direct grants. The prospective grantee must submit an annual application. Grantees desiring Leveraging Incentive Funds and REACH funds must submit special applications each year. Instructions will be issued if emergency contingency funds are released. Training and Technical Assistance: States, Indian tribes or tribal organizations, Territories, public agencies, and private nonprofit organizations may apply. Nothing in the statute precludes a business concern that applies jointly with a private nonprofit organization from receiving a training and technical assistance grant.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Energy Assistance Block Grants: All States, the District of Columbia, federally-and State-recognized Indian Tribal governments that request direct funding, and specified Territories may provide assistance to households with incomes up to the greater of 150 percent of the poverty level or 60 percent of the State median income. Grantees may establish lower income eligibility levels, but they may not set the limit below 110 percent of the poverty level. Training and Technical Assistance: States, Indian tribes or tribal organizations, Territories, public agencies, and private nonprofit organizations may apply. Nothing in the Statute precludes a business concern that applies jointly with a private nonprofit organization from receiving a training and technical assistance grant.
Credentials/Documentation
Energy Assistance Block Grants: The chief executive officer of the State, Tribe or Territory or his designee must certify to 16 assurances required by law. Households must meet beneficiary eligibility requirements. Grantees desiring Leveraging Incentive Funds or REACH funds must submit annual applications. Instructions will be issued if emergency contingency funds are released. Training and Technical Assistance: Requirements vary and are at www.grants.gov or www.fedbizopps.gov. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.
Application and Award Process
Preapplication Coordination
Preapplication coordination is not applicable. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110. Energy Assistance Block Grants: Applications are submitted by the chief executive officer of a State, Indian Tribe (recognized by the Federal government or a State government), tribal organization, or Territory, or his designee. Applications contain assurances prescribed by law and a plan describing how certain assurances will be carried out, and other information specified by law. Separate applications are required to qualify for Leveraging Incentive Funds and REACH funds. Instructions will be issued if emergency contingency funds are released. Households wishing to apply for benefits should contact the local welfare agency or community action agency for information regarding the agency administering the program in their jurisdiction. Training and Technical Assistance: Requirements that apply to each request for proposals vary and are at www.grants.gov or www.fedbizopps.gov.
Award Procedure
Energy Assistance Block Grants: Grants are made upon receipt of a complete application by the Office of Community Services Headquarters Office. Leveraging Incentive Funds and REACH funds will be awarded based on applications submitted by grantees. Instructions will be issued if emergency contingency funds are released. Training and Technical Assistance: Procedures that apply to each request for proposals vary and are at www.grants.gov or www.fedbizopps.gov.
Deadlines
Sep 01, 2012 Energy Assistance Block Grants: States and Territories must submit their applications by September 1, prior to the fiscal year for which funds are sought, unless the Department agrees to a later date. Tribal applications must also be submitted by September 1, prior to the fiscal year for which the funds are sought, unless the State in which a tribe is located agrees to a later date. All applications must be completed by December 15, of the fiscal year for which funds are sought, unless the Department (in the case of States and Territories) or the State (in the case of tribal grantees) agrees to a later date. Leveraging incentive fund reports are due by November 30 of each year. Reach applications are due by March 30 of each year. Contact Headquarters Office listed below for further information. www.grants.gov or www.fedbizopps.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time
Energy Assistance Block Grants: The Department reviews plans for completeness and will act on the plans submitted as quickly as possible. Leveraging Incentive and REACH applications will be reviewed and acted upon as quickly as possible. Training and Technical Assistance: Range of time varies, depending upon the nature and complexity of a request for proposals.
Appeals
Energy Assistance Block Grants: Grantees may request a hearing regarding repayment of funds or withholding of funds under Section 2608 of the authorization. Training and Technical Assistance: Not applicable for unsuccessful applicants for grants or cooperative agreements. For contracts, prospective applicants may object to a contract award by filing a protest with the contracting officer or higher authority. The notification issued by the contracting office to unsuccessful bidders contains the procedures and time frame for filing a protest.
Renewals
Energy Assistance Block Grants: Annual applications are required. Separate annual applications are also required for Leveraging Incentive Funds and REACH funds. Instructions will be issued if emergency contingency funds are released. Training and Technical Assistance: Award periods may vary and are at www.fedbizopps.gov.
Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory Formula: Section 2604 of the LIHEAP statute addresses this issue.
This program has no matching requirements.
This program does not have MOE requirements.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Energy Assistance Block Grants: Grant awards are made to grantees with complete applications for carrying out the program within the fiscal year. Up to 10 percent of a fiscal year's grant may be held available for obligation in the subsequent fiscal year. For Leveraging Incentive Funds and REACH funds, obligation must occur by the end of the fiscal year following the year in which the funds are appropriated, without regard to the 10 percent carryover limit. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Section 2607 of the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, as amended.
Post Assistance Requirements
Reports
Energy Assistance Block Grants: Grantees must submit an annual report within 90 days of the end of the fiscal year on the amount of funds obligated during the fiscal year and the last date of obligations of funds. A report is required annually on the number and income levels of households served during the previous year, on those households that are served that have members who are elderly, disabled, or young children, and on the number and income levels of all households that apply for assistance whether or not they are served. This report must be included as part of the annual plan before funds are released. A report on the amount of funds that the grantee desires to carry over for obligations in the succeeding fiscal year, the reasons any such funds will not be used during the first fiscal year, the types of assistance to be provided with funds carried over and the amount of funds, if any, to be subject to reallotment must be submitted by August 1 annually. Grant awards for the following fiscal year will not be released until this report is received. No cash reports are required. Training and Technical Assistance: Grantees are required to submit quarterly financial reports and a final progress report. For contracts, contractors are required to submit quarterly financial reports form HHS-646, Financial Report of Individual Project (Contact). A report is required from those grantees expending up to 5 percent of funds under section 2605(b)(16) for services that encourage and enable households to reduce their home energy needs. A report is due by November 30 of each year for those grantees that which to receive Leveraging Incentive Funds, reporting the amount value of leveraged resources they added to the program in the previous fiscal year. For REACH, a financial status report is due 90 days after the end of the program year and a final evaluation is due six months after the end of the program year. Performance monitoring is required for Leveraging Incentive Funds.
Audits
In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133. (As discussed in Appendix I of this Supplement, Federal Programs Excluded from the A-102 Common Rule, LIHEAP is exempt from the provisions of the OMB cost principles circulars. However, according to 45 CFR 96.31(a), LIHEAP grantees and sub-grantees are responsible for obtaining audits in accordance with the Single Audit Act Amendments of 1996 (31 U.S.C. 7501-7507) and revised OMB Circular A-133, “Audits of State, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations.” An independent auditor in accordance with generally accepted Government auditing standards covering financial audits shall make the audits. State cost principals requirements apply to LIHEAP.
Records
Grant accounting records must be maintained in accordance with section 2605(b)(10).
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2013: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2014: It is anticipated that 293 grants will be awarded in FY 2014. Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available
Financial Information
Account Identification
75-1502-0-1-609.
Obligations
(Direct Payments for Specified Use) FY 12 $2,994,326; FY 13 est $3,012,655; and FY 14 est $3,300,000 - FY 2012 and FY 2013 totals represent Block Grant related costs. The FY 2014 estimates includes $3,000,000 for Block Grants and $300,000 for Energy Burden Reduction Grants related costs. (Formula Grants) FY 12 $3,468,677,785; FY 13 est $3,252,422,891; and FY 14 est $3,016,700,000 - FY 2012 and FY 2013 totals represent Block Grant funding only. The FY 2014 estimates includes $2,817,000,000 for Block Grants; $150,000,000 for Contingency Fund and $49,700,000 for Energy Burden Reduction Grants.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
FY12 $4,196,380 to $375,714,335; Average is $62,576,888.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
45 CFR 96
Information Contacts
Regional or Local Office
None.
Headquarters Office
Lauren Christopher 370 L'Enfant Promenade, SW, Washington, District of Columbia 20447 Email: Lauren.Christopher@acf.hhs.gov Phone: 202-401-4870 Fax: 202-401-5661
Website Address
http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ocs/programs/liheap
Examples of Funded Projects
Not Applicable.
Criteria for Selecting Proposals
Criteria pertinent to each request for training and technical assistance proposals are published in the Federal Register or Federal Business Opportunities (www.febbizopps.gov).
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