News Release 081

Department offers funding for Energize Missouri Housing Initiative Proposals

Volume 38-081 (For Immediate Release)
Contact: Kerry Cordray
573-526-4220

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, FEB. 23, 2009 -- The Missouri Department of Natural Resources today announced it is now accepting proposals for the Energize Missouri Housing Initiative, a special initiative focused on boosting energy savings and cutting utility costs for homes of Missouri low-income families. The department has allocated a total of $25.6 million statewide for this funding opportunity.

Eligible applicants include not-for-profit organizations, community action agencies or public entities, including state, county and local governments. While applications must be submitted by eligible applicants, partnerships with non-eligible entities are encouraged.

The department will be accepting applications for funding from eligible community action agencies and other public or nonprofit groups through March 31. A pre-bid informational meeting will be held at 9 a.m. on March 9 at the Lewis & Clark State Office Building, 1101 Riverside Drive, Jefferson City.

Missouri has launched the Energize Missouri Housing Initiative to support innovative approaches to serving energy efficiency and housing quality needs for Missouri's lower-income families through the Low Income Weatherization Assistance Program, or LIWAP. The initiative seeks to wed traditional weatherization funds with other funding, talent and resources to amplify housing improvements and more effectively reach underserved populations. The department held a series of meetings throughout the state in December 2009 to inform potential applicants about the initiative and receive program input.

A primary component of all proposals must be delivery of energy-efficiency improvements and services to clients. The funds awarded by the state agency must be spent in accordance with allowable uses of LIWAP funds as dictated by federal regulation. Successful applicants will combine this primary component with additional ways to enhance service delivery, save energy, create jobs, improve housing quality for clients, or improve clients’ self-sustainability.

The Energize Missouri Housing Initiative is made possible by funding from the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The Recovery Act funding will help stimulate the economy and create and retain jobs. The further purposes of energy-related Recovery Act funds are to increase energy efficiency, reduce reliance on imported energy, improve the reliability of energy resources and services and reduce the impacts of energy production and use on the environment.

Application forms and full program details may be found on the department’s Web page at dnr.mo.gov/transform/energizemissourihomes.htm. For more information on the program, please visit the department's website or call 800-361-4827 or 573-751-6630.

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