ABOUT ABC TRUST
The Alabama Business Charitable Trust is a 501c4 social welfare organization established by Alabama Power more than 25 years ago.
The mission of the Trust is to strengthen economically distressed Alabamians by providing resources and education to meet energy service and other basic human needs through partnerships with social service providers and charitable organizations.
The Trust has its own investment committee. Trust dollars are not rate payer dollars.
The Trust partners with community action agencies and other social service to provide energy assistance to low income citizens of Alabama. The Alabama Business Charitable Trust Fund partners with several organizations to help meet energy services and other basic human needs of low-income Alabamians. Trust’s programs are administered similar to the federal government’s Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). However, the income guidelines are different. The Alabama Department of Economic Affairs (ADECA) distributes LIHEAP funding to Community Action Agencies (CAA). The Trust partners with ADECA and CAAs to administer its programs to the public.
Efficiency Forward - Provides energy efficiency optimization measures to 501c3 nonprofits that have health and human service reach. Grants up to $10,000 are available.
Home Forward – Provides energy efficiency optimization to low-income home owners. The grant is a partnership with the Weatherization Assistance Program. The application process is administered by local community action agencies. Grants up to $5,000 are available.
Trust Community Grant - awards up to $500 to nonprofits and faith-based organizations working to address health and human service needs in the community or a direct response to coronavirus (COVID-19) relief efforts or to provide general health and human service support to low-income citizens.
ABC TRUST RESOURCES
The Trust is committed to providing resources to help meet the energy assistance needs of low-income Alabamians. Trust programs operate at 175% of the poverty guideline which is slightly higher than LIHEAP. This accommodates low income citizens that may not qualify for LIHEAP.
Emergency Assistance Program provides energy assistance in heating and cooling seasons.
- Emergency Energy provides assistance with energy bills throughout the year.
- The program serves people who:
- Have had their income interrupted, examples include displaced workers
- Have become ill or injured and suffered a partial or total loss of income
- People experiencing unforeseen financial crisis
- *Income eligibility is based on household income in the month prior to application
- Emergency Cooling provides assistance to people who have medical
- conditions that are severely aggravated by heat.
- Examples of health risks are:
- Need of cooling for a health condition
- Necessity of life support equipment
- Necessity of other electrical equipment for a health condition
The Emergency Energy and Emergency Cooling programs are administered by community action agencies. Clients interested in applying should contact their local community action agency.