Low-Income Home Energy Assistance
CSFA Number: 420-70-0090
Agency Name
Department Of Commerce And Economic Opportunity (420)
Agency Identification
22-4,5,6, 25-4,6
Agency Contact
Marie Mueller
217-558-2849
Marie.Mueller@illinois.gov
Short Description
The Low Income Home Energy Assistance (LIHEAP) funded through the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and the Supplemental Low Income Energy Assistance Fund (SLIHEAP) is implemented through designated grantees to provide services to eligible low income households in Illinois. The client assistance funds available through this grant assist eligible households with the costs of home energy by incorporating fuel assistance, home weatherization and other related measures in accordance with the current LIHEAP regulations and requirements. Up to 15% of the HHS and 10% of the SLIHEAP funding can be utilized for Weatherization activities.
Subject Area
Human Services
Program Function
Income Security and Social Services
Enabling Legislation
Community Opportunities, Accountability, and Training and Educational Services Act of 1998 (42 U.S.C.A. §8621 et seq); Illinois Energy Assistance Act (305 ILCS 20).
Objectives and Goals
The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) helps keep families safe and healthy through initiatives that assist families with energy costs. The program provides federally funded assistance in managing costs associated with:
• Home energy bills
• Energy crises
• Weatherization and energy-related minor home repairs

LIHEAP can help you stay warm in the winter and cool in the summer through programs that reduce the risk of health and safety problems that arise from unsafe heating and cooling practices.
Types of Assistance
Formula Grants
Uses and Restrictions
LIHEAP funds shall be used by the State to make grants to eligible entities (Local Administering Agencies) to help keep families safe and healthy through initiatives that assist families with energy costs. The program provides federally funded assistance in managing costs associated with:
• Home energy bills
• Energy crises
• Weatherization and energy-related minor home repairs

LIHEAP can help you stay warm in the winter and cool in the summer through programs that reduce the risk of health and safety problems that arise from unsafe heating and cooling practices.
Eligibility Requirements
Only current designated Local Administering Agencies (LAAs) within the statewide network may apply for grant funding.

Client Eligibility: The LIHEAP statute establishes 150 percent of the poverty level as the maximum income level allowed in determining LIHEAP income eligibility, except where 60 percent of state median income is higher. Income eligibility criteria for LIHEAP may not be set lower than 110 percent of the poverty.

The Federal government issues the poverty levels as the HHS Poverty Guidelines and state median income as State Median Income Estimates. Updates of both the HHS Poverty Guidelines and State Median Income Estimates are published each winter in the Federal Register.

As of October 1, 2013 (the beginning of FY 2014), the 2013 HHS Poverty Guidelines and State Median Income Estimates for FY 2014 were in effect for LIHEAP.

Illinois utilizes 150 percent of the poverty level as the maximum income level allowed in determining LIHEAP income eligibility.
Eligible Applicants
Nonprofit Organizations; Government Organizations;
Application and Award Processing
Only current designated Local Administering Agencies (LAAs) within the statewide network may apply for grant funding. LAAs must submit the standard Dept. of Commerce grant application document to be considered for funding each year.
Assistance Consideration
The Department receives funding annually from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services based on an allocation formula.
Post Assistance Requirements
Grantees are required to submit final reports once the grant period has ended.
Regulations, Guidelines, Literature
Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for HHS Awards (45 CFR Part 75 et. seq.), Subpart I of the Department of Health and Human Services Block Grant Regulations (45 CFR Part 96 et. seq.), the Community Opportunities, Accountability, and Training and Educational Services Act of 1998 (42 U.S.C.A. §8621 et seq), the Uniform Administrative Requirement for Grants and Cooperative Agreements to State, Local and Tribal Governments (45 CFR Part 96 et. seq.), the Illinois Energy Assistance Act (305 ILCS 20), the Illinois Administrative Rules for the State Administration of the LIHEAP Program (47 Ill. Adm. Code 100, Subpart B), the State's Annual LIHEAP Plan
Funding By Fiscal Year
FY 2015 : $282,120,693
FY 2016 : $159,634,197
FY 2017 : $174,942,842
FY 2018 : $160,000,000
FY 2019 : $190,000,000
Federal Funding
Notice of Funding Opportunities
Agency IDAward RangeApplication Range
DetailsN/A$503891 - $75015807/17/2018 - 08/16/2018 : 12:00 PM
Agency IDGrantee NameStart DateEnd DateAmount
19-224021Community & Economic Development Association of Cook County10/01/201806/30/202060,447,911
20-254021Community & Economic Development Association of Cook County07/01/201906/30/202034,745,427
20-224021Community & Economic Development Association of Cook County10/01/201906/30/202121,316,181
19-224023City of Rockford10/01/201806/30/20205,996,678
19-224032Peoria Citizens Committee for Economic Opportunity Inc10/01/201806/30/20204,507,399