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.
The Fuel Assistance Program is New Hampshire's arm of the federal Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), which is funded through the US Department of Health and Human Services. While OSI administers the program, the on-the-ground work is done by local Community Action Agencies with whom OSI contracts.
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 $105 to $1,575, 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 $658. 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.
- Sister programs to the FAP are the Electric Assistance Program (EAP) 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 Rebates and Incentives page for more information.
To report the suspicion of recipient, agency or vendor fraud within the Fuel Assistance Program (FAP), please contact the Fuel Assistance Program Administrator Tracy Desmarais at email@example.com. All submitted information will remain confidential.
For Fuel Assistance Application Information
Fuel Assistance Associate
Fuel Assistance Program Administrator