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Grants to Massachusetts Nonprofits and Agencies
to Assist Local Residents with Heating Expenses

FY2022-FY2024 Residential Energy Assistance Grant (REAG) Program

Agency Type:

State

Funding Source:

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Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General (AGO)

Deadline Date:

01/14/22 5:00 PM

Description:

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Grants to Massachusetts nonprofit organizations, state agencies, and municipalities to assist local residents with heating expenses. The purpose of the program is to assist low-income residents to meet their monthly heating bills. Eligible programs are those that provide financial support, language assistance, document translation, and other programs that assist vulnerable populations.

Approximately 400,000 Massachusetts residential customers currently receive a low-income discount rate on their electric and gas bills, with more customers signing up for payment plans each week.

Massachusetts governmental heat assistance programs are available to help low income and hardship customers meet their monthly heating bill. To be eligible for the state’s low income heat assistance program, household income cannot exceed 60 percent of the estimated median income in Massachusetts. Other heat assistance programs, which rely on donations from the general public and the business community, focus on those residents who do not meet the state’s low-income eligibility requirement. These assistance programs are designed to help customers with household incomes between 60 and 80 percent of the state’s median income level who have been beset by a short-term financial setback. These critical programs allow our most vulnerable residents to stay warm in the winter months. 

The goal of the REAG program is to provide additional funding to programs that aid Massachusetts families currently receiving heat assistance and to expand assistance to more eligible households. Programs may assist customers by directly subsidizing their heating bills or by providing specialized assistance to consumers seeking energy assistance. Specialized assistance includes, but is not limited to, application document(s) translation, language assistance, and programs that assist vulnerable populations.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 200598

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$500,000

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Programs that provide direct subsidies for heating assistance may award, in the aggregate, up to $1,000.00 for each eligible Massachusetts household per heating season.
- Funding is anticipated to be awarded in amounts not to exceed $200,000.00 per eligible recipient.

Term of Contract:

The grant will begin on February 7, 2022, and projects shall be completed by June 15, 2024.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The following types of organizations are eligible to apply:
• State Agencies;
• Municipalities; and
• Non-Profit Organizations.

Non-profit organizations that are public charities (generally speaking, public charities have 501(c)(3) statuses) must be in full compliance with the statutory requirements set forth in G.L. ch. 12, secs. 8E and 8F, and G.L. ch. 68, sec. 19, including initial registration and filing of annual financial reports with the AGO’s Non-Profit Organizations/Public Charities Division. Public charities must also comply with obligations and reporting requirements set by the Internal Revenue Service.

Pre-Application Information:

Proposals must be delivered electronically through the AGO’s online grant application by 5:00 p.m. on January 14, 2022.

Questions regarding this RFP may be submitted by email, only until 5:00 p.m. on January 7, 2022. When submitting your question(s), please include “Residential Energy Assistance Grant” in the email subject line. The AGO will provide responses by email within two business days of receipt.

Applicants who seek reasonable accommodation, which may include the receipt of the application in an alternative format, must communicate such requests in writing to the email address listed below no later than 5:00 p.m. on January 7, 2022.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online: https://www.grantinterface.com/Home/Logon?urlkey=massago

Questions regarding this RFP may be submitted by email to AGOGrants@mass.gov

Office of Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey
One Ashburton Place
Boston, MA 02108
AGOGrants@mass.gov

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