The Weatherization Leveraged Partnerships Project is funded by the Department of Energy Office of Weatherization and Intergovernmental Programs. Our goal is to support local Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) organizations to increase the size and impact of their federal program through local or state partnerships that provide more resources. The project team is based at the National Community Action Partnership to offer training and assistance to WAP subgrantees and their associations as they design and advocate for private partnerships and programs to coordinate with their federally-funded services. Having a strong Weatherization Assistance Program is key to successful leveraging, CAP seeks to ensure that subgrantees have the information and support needed to run a strong program. 
The Weatherization Assistance Program
The Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) is managed by the Department of Energy (DOE). Access the the DOE WAP website for more information and the Program Guidance page for notices and memorandums. Be sure that you are notified of the release of new guidance or memorandums by signing up for the DOE WAP Newsletter. See this contact list to know which Program Officer at DOE is working with your state WAP network. Households are are eligible for the WAP if their incomes are at or below 200% of the poverty level as determined by the Department of Health and Human Services Poverty Income Guidelines. There is no published Census data that displays the count of how many households are eligible in each state (only families); see this report utilizing Pubic Use Microdata Series (PUMS) from October 2016 to see an unofficial Estimated Number of Households Income-Eligible for WAP. The DOE Financial Assistance Rule, 2 C.F.R. § 200.305(b)(1) requires states to pay WAP subgrantees, other than for-profits, in advance as long as certain conditions are met. See this updated brief from CAPLAW for guidance on advance payments in the WAP. View the volumes of the Oak Ridge National Lab National WAP Evaluation. And see the Practitioner’s Guides developed by the project for short summaries.

Winning leveraged dollars and designing coordinated programs can be a complicated process.  Our team is available to help by sharing program design examples that complement WAP and LIHEAP, sample testimonies for advocacy at the utility commission and templates for allocating leveraging dollars through the state plan. The energy partnerships team can connect your organization with peers and energy advocates that have designed successful programs and mitigated many of the challenges that arise in this work.
Leveraging Basics
Designing Leveraged Programs
Winning Leveraged Dollars
  • Winning Leveraged Dollars:
  • Leading the Campaign for Affordable, Accessible Energy for All: Community Action and our partners can act on today’s historic shifts in technology and policy to advance the “energy equity” agenda. This agenda means everyone can afford and access the energy they require to be safe and to participate in an electricity-powered world.It also means a fair distribution of benefits and burdens from energy production and consumption, not only market-based access.This session explored the challenges and demonstrated ways the Community Action Network can play a significant role in delivering greater energy equity at home and nationwide.The Fulton Atlanta Community Action Authority and the Partnership for Southern Equity have worked in tandem for several years to advocate for “Just Energy.”  They have achieved remarkable success in communicating the issues, policies and programs, and in mobilizing community residents to take action on a better policy framework.The New Consensus is a national thought leader about the issues and solutions needed, and the sweeping economic mobilization that can build a clean and just economy.  Its leaders are defining pathways to a fair and climate-friendly energy future.
  • Our Model Energy Affordability Policy — Percentage of Income Payment Plans (PIPP): Percentage of Income Payment Plans (PIPP) help eligible utility customers manage their energy bills year round.  Ms. Browning shared an agency perspective on the PIPP program in Illinois while Ms. Brown shared a utility perspective.  Dr. Power gave an overview of PIPPs and examples from other states.
WAP Program Management
  • New Training Available for WAP Administrative ProfessionalsThe U.S Department of Energy (DOE) Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) announces the launch of Training for WAP Administrative Professionals. Developed in response to WAP network feedback, these self-paced online trainings are designed for WAP Subgrantee staff, yet are applicable to Grantees, subcontractors, and WAP stakeholders. Training topics include: Budget and planning; Procurement; Fiscal tasks; Client relations; Economics of weatherization; Management; Quality improvement; and Multifamily. Access the trainingTo create an account, please click on the link associated with “first time logging in” and use “waptraining” for the code. Follow the instructions sent to your email to complete registration.
  • DOE Program Officer Listing
  • Understanding the WAP Local Agency Leaders
  • Updates from DOE: Participants had the chance to hear the latest updates from the DOE Weatherization Assistance Program Manager and engage in conversation.  In addition, participants previewed the new online learning module segments for WAP administrative staff.
  • ACSI Subgrantee Survey Results (Webinar Recording | Presentation Slides): The 2019 American Customer Service Index survey results are in!  Join the Department of Energy for this webinar as they provide an overview of the results.  You may recall this survey asked subgrantees to provide their opinions on multiple dimensions of how their respective State grantee is conducting the Weatherization Assistance Program.  All responses remained anonymous, and the CFI Group provided DOE WAP with aggregated data.  Going forward, discussion will focus on changes in scores compared to the 2017 survey and updating Grantee Action Plans for 2020 and beyond.
Online Training Offerings

Online Training Considerations

Online training has come a long way since the early days of prerecorded slide shows. There are a variety of courses out there:

  • Instructor-led (learners interact with the instructor and sometimes other learners) and self-paced (each learner completes the course at their own pace with no interaction with an instructor). The industry terms for these are synchronous and asynchronous, respectively.
  • Some courses include an assessment of the learner’s knowledge before issuing a certificate of completion, other courses may require attendance, but do not include a learner assessment.
  • Online courses can be part of a comprehensive IREC-accredited training program – check with the provider.

Most importantly – a “good” course that is aimed at increasing confidence and knowledge on the job and should require the learner to make decisions and think as they would on the job. This type of “active learning” is different than passively watching an informational video.

Training that allows the learner to apply the new knowledge in real-world situations is most likely to lead to transfer of learning, meaning the worker will apply that knowledge to their work when back on the job.

Explore the courses listed in the “Online Trainings” tab and the Additional Online Activities” tab of this Excel spreadsheet to find online training opportunities. These lists are by no means all-inclusive, but should provide a good starting point to develop an online training plan for when workers must work and/or learn remotely.

Click here to download a list of online training offerings. 

Since 2001, this project has been managed by Economic Opportunity Studies under the supervision of Meg Power. Since 2016, Community Action Partnership has been sharing in the work of the project and is now funded to manage the project through 2021. Meg Power will continue contributing as a consultant to CAP.     

Contact Project Director Kathryn Maddux with questions, comments, and to share the story of innovative leveraged partnerships in your state network.

Past Issues of the Weatherization Plus Newsletter

Weatherization Plus – Feb 2020:  Appropriations update, CAP MLTC recap, Request for success stories

Weatherization Plus – Dec 2019: Recent DOE memos, CAP MLTC Energy Track, “WAP ACSI Survey”  webinar

Weatherization Plus – Nov 2019: WAP Day and Energy Awareness recap, Cap Solar webinar