|If you or someone you know is having trouble paying for heat during the winter season, the Fuel Assistance Program (FAP)* may be able to provide some relief.
As funds become available, the Fuel Assistance Program provides benefits to qualified New Hampshire households to assist with heating costs. The Fuel Assistance Program can also help households during a heating emergency by securing an emergency delivery of fuel, delaying a shut-off notice, or referring clients to another source of assistance.
Fuel Assistance benefits are a grant and do not have to be paid back.
Fuel Assistance benefits range from $120 to $975, depending on household income and energy costs. Benefits are calculated taking into account household income, energy costs, number of heating degree days within a region, and housing type. This targeting allows FAP to provide those households with the lowest incomes and highest energy costs with the highest benefits. (See the eligibility guidelines.) The average benefit is $500. Fuel Assistance benefits are not counted as income when applying for other assistance programs.
How to Apply
To apply for Fuel Assistance, contact your local Community Action Agency (CAA) to set up an appointment or learn more about the application process.
- A sister program to the FAP is the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP), which may be able to help you implement long-term solutions to heating costs.
- Even if you find that you are not eligible for either FAP or WAP , you may still be able to save money on your energy costs through other programs— see our Energy Efficiency Resources page.
*The Fuel Assistance Program is NH’s arm of the federal Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), which is funded through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. While OEP administers the program, the on-the-ground work is done by local Community Action Agencies with whom OEP contracts.
For more information about Fuel Assistance, contact:
Fuel Assistance Program Manager
Office of Energy and Planning
Governor Hugh J. Gallen State Office Park
Johnson Hall, 3rd Floor
107 Pleasant Street
Concord, NH 03301
VOICE: (603) 271-8317
FAX: (603) 271-2615