MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WDHN) — Gov. Kay Ivey has approved grants totaling $494,875 to help low-income and elderly Alabama residents weatherize their homes. And nearly $50,000 will be given to a Wiregrass program.

The grants support Alabama’s Weatherization Assistance Program funds to improve the energy efficiency and safety of qualifying homes. Priority for assistance is given to people with disabilities, the elderly, and low-income households with children, according to ADECA.

The grants to 13 community agencies across the state that manage the program at the local level and receive applications from individuals who wish to be considered for assistance.

$46,316 to Organized Community Action Program Inc. which covers multiple counties including Barbour, Bullock, Butler, Coffee, Covington, Crenshaw, Dale, Geneva, Henry, Houston, Lowndes, and Pike.

The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs is administering the grants from funds made available by the U.S. Department of Energy.

The 12 other state regions receiving grant funding include:

  • $43,971 to Central Alabama Regional Planning and Development Commission (Autauga, Chilton, Dallas, Elmore, Macon, Perry, Russell, and Shelby)
  • $11,037 to Community Action Committee Inc. of Chambers-Tallapoosa-Coosa (Chambers, Coosa, and Tallapoosa)
  • $20,948 to Alabama Council on Human Relations Inc. (Lee)
  • $34,828 to Community Action Partnership of Huntsville-Madison and Limestone Counties Inc. (Madison and Limestone)
  • $52,006 to Mobile Community Action Inc. (Choctaw, Mobile, and Washington)
  • $30,569 to Montgomery County Commission (care of Central Alabama Regional Planning and Development Commission) (Montgomery)
  • $35,954 to Community Action Partnership of North Alabama Inc. (Cullman, Lawrence, Marion, Morgan, Walker, and Winston)
  • $106,785 to Community Action Agency of Northeast Alabama Inc. (Blount, Cherokee, DeKalb, Etowah, Jackson, Jefferson, Marshall, and St. Clair)
  • $19,443 to Community Action Agency of Northwest Alabama Inc. (Colbert, Franklin, and Lauderdale)
  • $31,518 to Community Action Agency of South Alabama (Baldwin, Clarke, Conecuh, Escambia, Marengo, Monroe, and Wilcox)
  • $26,769 to Community Action Agency of Talladega, Clay, Randolph, Calhoun, and Cleburne (Calhoun, Clay, Cleburne, Randolph, and Talladega)
  • $34,731 to Community Service Programs of West Alabama Inc. (Bibb, Fayette, Greene, Hale, Lamar, Pickens, Sumter, and Tuscaloosa)

An energy audit is conducted of each home that qualifies for weatherization assistance to determine the most cost-efficient measures. In addition to lowering energy bills, the improvements can reduce the risk of fire and other hazards.