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 objectives are:
* To reduce fossil fuel emissions created as a result of activities within the jurisdictions of eligible entities; and
* To reduce the total energy use of the eligible units while ensuring their health and safety.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
81.042
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Energy
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Formula Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2014: 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 2015: 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 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.
Authorization
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009; Title IV, Energy Conservation and Production Act; Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007; Energy Policy Act of 2005.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
States, including the District of Columbia, and in certain instances, Native American tribal organizations. 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.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
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 Procedure
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 Procedure
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.
Approval/Disapproval Decision 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.
How are proposals selected?
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/.
How may assistance be used?
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).
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
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.
Auditing
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.
Other 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
Authorized funding is established by ECPA, NECPA and ESA. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: No information was provided.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
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
Website Address
http://www.eere.energy.gov
Financial Information
Account Identification
89-0321-0-1-270.
Obligations
(Formula Grants) FY 14 $180,420,191; FY 15 est $167,502,300; and FY 16 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.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2014: 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 2015: 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 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.

 


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