Rewiring Grants

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Rewiring Grants
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Several programs are available that sponsor grants to pay for the rewiring of electrical systems in homes and buildings in communities across the United States. Grants are used to purchase equipment, pay for administrative and labour costs and for home renovation and modification projects. These rewiring grants are not required to be repaid. However there are some grant programs that require grants be repaid if the recipients do not fulfil the terms of the grant agreement.

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Very Low Income Housing Repair Program

The Very Low Income Housing Repair Program provides grants to low income homeowners to remove health and safety hazards from their homes. Funds from the grant are also used to pay for home renovation projects that are needed after the hazard removal(s). Grant applicants must be 62 years of age or older and cannot afford any loan obligations. The maximum grant amount is £4,875. Recipients are required to keep their homes for three years. If the home is sold within the time period, the grant program can recoup the funds.

Housing and Community Facilities Programs National Office

U.S. Department of Agriculture

Room 5014 South Building

14th Street and Independence Ave. SW

Washington, DC 20250

202-720-9619

rurdev.usda.gov

Forensic DNA Capacity Enhancement Program

The Department of Justice sponsors the Forensic DNA Capacity Enhancement Program, which provides grants to help reduce the turnaround time for DNA forensic cases, decrease case backlogs and increase the production capacity of DNA laboratories. Grants are used to upgrade laboratory facilities' electrical wiring, plumbing and HVAC systems as well as build bigger cabinets, benches, walk-in freezers, drying and evidence storage, preparation and examination rooms. Funds are also used to purchase equipment and supplies, pay for training and overtime and cover travel and consultation costs. State and local government agencies are eligible to apply for these grants.

Mark Nelson

National Institute of Justice

Department of Justice

810 7th St. NW

Washington, DC 20531

202-305-2664

usdoj.gov

Weatherization Assistance Program

The Weatherization Assistance Program is funded by the Department of Energy, which provides grants to make home energy efficient. Grants are used for conducting home assessments, equipment and material purchases and to cover labour costs. Some of the projects funded by the grants include replacing windows, electric and heating systems as well as attic and wall insulation. The total amount of home weatherization projects generally does not exceed £4,225. These weatherization services are provided free of charge to low income households.

Weatherization and Intergovernmental Program

U.S. Department of Energy

Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

1000 Independence Ave, SW, Mail Stop EE-2K

U.S. Department of Energy

Washington, DC 20585

202-586-5000

eere.energy.gov

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