West Virginia Dollar Energy Fund open to applications
Applications are now being accepted for a West Virginia program that helps low-income individuals pay for utilities in an immediate crisis.
The nonprofit Dollar Energy Fund’s West Virginia Utility Assistance Program works with utility companies across the state and provides up to $500 in grants once a year per utility.
Eligible households include those that receive shut-off notices or need to restore services, and earn annual incomes at or below 150 percent of the Federal Poverty Income Guidelines.
Partnering utilities include MonPower and Potomac Edison of FirstEnergy Corp., Peoples Gas, Dominion Energy West Virginia, Mountaineer Gas and West Virginia American Water. Eligible households have until Sept. 30, 2019, to apply for each service. The maximum amount is $500 per utility and funding is on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Due to a high demand during winter months, up to $300 in grants for Appalachian Power will not be available until Dec. 1.
Those seeking help should contact the utility company first for eligibility screenings and to be referred to a community-based agency for assistance with the application process.
For further eligibility guidelines and application instructions, visit www.DollarEnergy.org/Need-Help/WestVirginia.
The Dollar Energy Fund is made possible by public contributions, which are matched dollar-for-dollar by partnering utility companies. Customers are able to donate $1 or more to the organization on their monthly utility bills.
Direct donations may be made by visiting the nonprofit organization’s website or by sending a check to Box 42339, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 25203. People may also text “GIVE5” to 50555 to make a $5 donation. All donations are tax-deductible and 100 percent of money goes toward helping low-income families.