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Grant Programs

Fuel Assistance/Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

Fuel Assistance, also known as the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), provides financial assistance to income-eligible applicants. This federal grant program helps income-eligible Rhode Islanders pay their energy bills. To qualify, households must earn less than 60% of Rhode Island's Median Income Levels which are set each program year. You don't have to be on public assistance, you don't need to have an unpaid heating bill, and you can either rent or own your home.

2020 Income Guidelines

Household Size Annual Household Income
1 < $31,166
2 < $40,756
3 < $50,345
4 < $59,935
5 < $69,525
6 < $79,114
7 < $80,912
8 < $82,710
9 < $84,508
10 < $86,306
11 < $88,104
12 < $89,903
13 < $91,701

In most cases, applications are taken from September through May each year. The Rhode Island Department of Human Services administers the program, and applications are accepted through local Community Action Program (CAP) agencies.  New, first-time applicants should apply in person at their local CAP agency, where experts will walk you through the application process.

Applicants who received Heating Assistance benefits the prior year will be mailed the application renewal forms by the CAP agency.

The Good Neighbor Energy Fund

The Good Neighbor Energy Fund helps pay your heating bill if you are in temporary financial crisis, but may not necessarily be income-eligible for Fuel Assistance. This statewide fund, managed by the United Way of Rhode Island, can help you pay your heating bills. For more information, visit the Good Neighbor Energy Fund’s website or call the United Way in Rhode Island by dialing 2-1-1.

National Grid is a proud financial sponsor of the Good Neighbor Energy Fund. The Fund also relies on the generosity of Rhode Islanders to help other local families get through tough times. If you would like to make a donation, please visit the United Way’s page and click on the blue “Donate” button.