Alabama Business Charitable Trust Unveils Updated Online Site

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The Alabama Business Charitable Trust Fund (ABC Trust) has updated its online site, offering more information to low-income Alabamians to help them meet their energy needs.

“We are thrilled to unveil a larger site, which we believe will be even more helpful to individuals and families – as well as our non-profit partners who are so important in helping families in need,” said said Tanganyika Grayson, associate director of the ABC Trust and program manager with the Alabama Power Foundation.

Established by Alabama Power more than 25 years ago, the ABC Trust continues to partner with community action agencies, other social service providers, and the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs to help pay energy bills, conduct weatherization projects and meet basic human needs. The ABC Trust is not funded by taxpayers’ money.

Because the ABC Trust operates under different guidelines than many government energy assistance programs, families who do not qualify for federal energy assistance may benefit from the trust’s programs.

The ABC Trust supports non-profit organizations by providing grants for energy-efficient upgrades and health and social service projects.

The trust’s updated online site provides details about its various grant programs and offerings, as well as information and links to resources that can help low-income Alabamians with energy and other needs. Programs supported by the ABC Trust include:

Emergency aid programs – ABC Trust helps meet critical energy, rent, mortgage and food needs. Emergency assistance programs are administered by community action agencies across the state and provide the following services:

  • emergency energy – Helps eligible low-income households pay their energy bills any time of the year.
  • Emergency cooling – Provides assistance with electricity bills from June to October for low-income households facing health emergencies or other circumstances that would be severely aggravated by an interruption in electrical service.
  • emergency shelter – Helps eligible low-income households pay their rent and mortgage.
  • Emergency food security – Help low-income households buy food.

Applications for emergency assistance can be filled out on the spot with the community action agency that serves residents in their respective counties. Click here for a list of community action agencies across the state that administer ABC Trust funds.

Home Forward Grants – The Home Forward program provides resources for low-income families to improve the energy efficiency of their homes, helping them stay warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer while reducing energy costs. The Home Forward Grant provides up to $5,000 for weatherization projects.

Community action agencies solicit applications from low-income families and then shortlist applicants for the ABC Trust. Applications are reviewed quarterly by a selection committee. To apply, contact a weatherization coordinator from the community action agency that serves your county.

Future of Efficiency Grants – Efficiency Forward helps nonprofits that provide health care and other human needs save money on energy costs. Grants of up to $10,000 are awarded for energy-efficient upgrades, such as repairing or replacing heating, ventilation, and air conditioning units or upgrading lighting.

Before an application is completed, an Alabama Power marketer performs an energy audit of the nonprofit’s facilities to determine if energy efficiency upgrades will result in savings. Eligible nonprofits can learn more by clicking here.

The ABC Trust reaches Alabamians in 60 counties in central and southern Alabama. Colbert, DeKalb, Jackson, Lauderdale, Limestone, Madison and Morgan counties are outside the trust’s coverage area.

To learn more about the ABC Trust and to view its expanded online site, click here.

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