National Fuel Gas' Neighbor For Neighbor Heat Fund is still open and accepting applications for assistance to qualifying Western New Yorkers to receive a one-time grant of up to $400.
The Neighbor For Neighbor Heat Fund, a first-come, first-served home-heating assistance grant program, is open to provide assistance to elderly and disabled Western New Yorkers to pay for energy-related expenses. The fund was established by National Fuel in 1983 and has offered grants to more than 16,000 Western New Yorkers, totaling more than $4.3 million.
In order to qualify for a grant of up to $400 from the Neighbor For Neighbor Heat Fund, applicants must be at least 55 years old; or a member of their household must be handicapped or have a disability that reduces the household's income; or they must have a certified medical emergency. Applicants must have made at least four payments to their heating bills within a 12-month period from the date of application. Monthly income and expenses will be verified and grant applications are processed by administering agencies. Applicants must reside in National Fuel's service territory.
However, they are not required to be National Fuel customers.
Eligible families or individuals in need of payment assistance are encouraged to contact the following to find the nearest agency and determine the necessary documentation to bring to the application interview:
The Salvation Army at 883-9800, ext. 230, or
Catholic Charities at 856-4494 if under the age of 60 or 896-6388 if over the age of 60.
In Chautauqua County, eligible families or individuals should contact the following:
The Salvation Army at 664-4108 if under the age of 60;
Catholic Charities at 484-9188 if under the age of 60;
Chautauqua County Office For the Aging at 753-4471 if over the age of 60.
The Neighbor For Neighbor Heat Fund is paid for with contributions from National Fuel Gas Company, its customers and employees, and other private entities.
For more information, call 800-365-3234 between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, or visit nationalfuelgas.com and look under the "For Home" section of the website.