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Grant Programs

Heating Assistance/Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP)

Heating Assistance, also known as the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP), provides financial assistance to income-eligible applicants. This federal grant program helps income-eligible Rhode Islanders pay their energy bills. To qualify, households must meet 60% of Rhode Island's Median Income Levels which are set each program year. 

Eligibility is based on your household size and household income over the past four weeks. If you have recently experienced a job loss or financial hardship due to COVID-19, you may be newly eligible, even if you have never qualified before. For example, a family of four with a four-week pre-tax household income of up to $5,171 is now income-eligible for HEAP. Please review the income guidelines below:

2020 Income Guidelines

Household Size 1 Month Household Income Annual Household Income
1 < $2,689 < $32,265
2 < $3,516 < $42,193
3 < $4,343 < $52,120
4 < $5,171 < $62,048
5 < $5,998 < $71,976
6 < $6,825 < $81,903
7 < $6,980 < $83,765
8 < $7,136 < $85,626
9 < $7,291 < $87,488
10 < $7,446 < $89,349

HEAP applications are currently being accepted. The Rhode Island Department of Human Services administers the program, and applications are accepted through local Community Action Program (CAP) agencies. Experts will walk you through the application process.

Applicants who received Heating Assistance/HEAP 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.