​​Serving individuals, families and children in Bond, Clinton, Marion and Washington counties since 1967.

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BCMW administers the Illinois Home Weatherization Assistance Program (IHWAP).  This program helps low income residents and households conserve fuel and reduce energy costs by making their homes and apartments more energy efficient. IHWAP also provides many health and safety upgrades ensuring safe and healthy homes. Energy conservation and health and safety measures provided through home weatherization can ensure citizens have access to more affordable energy services. Weatherization services that can be funded through IHWAP include:

  • Air sealing
  • Attic and wall insulation
  • HVAC repair or replacement
  • Water heater repair or replacement
  • Electric base load reduction (lighting and refrigerator replacement)
  • Ventilation and moisture control measures (and other health and safety measures)
  • Funding per eligible client’s home for energy-related weatherization and repair work
  • Funding for health and safety related measures

Eligibility depends on household income (income of everyone living in the unit).  To be eligible to receive assistance, the household’s combined income must be at or below 150% of the federal poverty level using State funds, and 200% of the federal poverty level using DOE and HHS funding.

Household Size

200% Annual Income

DOE & HHS Funds

60% of State Median Income

State Funds


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Poverty Income Levels


Household Size

200% Annual Income

​State, HHS & DOE Funds






Illinois Home Weatherization Association Program (IHWAP) is designed to help low-income residents save fuel and money, while increasing the comfort of their homes. The program is funded by the Department of Energy. The program is administered by the Illinois Department of Public Aid Office of Energy Assistance and BCMW Community Services is the local grantee for Bond, Clinton, Marion and Washington counties.

Who is eligible?

  • Owner-occupied properties whose household member’s income does not exceed the federal income guidelines.
  • A household that has an occupant who receives S.S.I., L.I.H.E.A.P. or T.A.N.F. grant.
  • Renters will meet the above criteria when the landlord accepts the terms of the weatherization contract.

What can a home occupants expect from the program?

  • Whole house energy audit.
  • Sealing cracks with weather-strip and caulk.
  • Insulated attics and walls.
  • Repairing windows and doors.

Weatherization services includes having an experienced heating contractor examine your heating system. If work is needed on your furnace, it may include one or more of the following:

  • Clean and tune
  • Repair
  • Retrofit
  • In some cases, replacement of the unit.