Published DateLACONIA — The Community Action Program Belknap-Merrimack Counties, Inc. would like to inform NH
residents about two energy assistance programs that are accepting applications for heating and electric programs that may be helpful if their household is having a difficult time this winter.
The Fuel Assistance Program provides grants to eligible households to help pay for their heating expenses. This is a seasonal program that operates from September through April. Renters as well as homeowners are eligible for the program. The program also assists renters that pay for their heat indirectly through their rent.
The program determines eligibility by family size and gross household income. Benefits are provided in the form of a credit with their heating supply vendor. Applicants are required to apply for assistance each heating season and will be required to bring household income and composition documentation.
The Electric Assistance Program provides a discount on a household's monthly electric bill. This program operates year round. Again, renters as well as homeowners are eligible.
The electric bill must be in the name of an adult household member. Eligibility is determined taking into account family size and gross income of the household. The level of discount is determined by the household income with the lowest income households receiving the largest discount amount. A household does need to recertify each year to remain eligible.
The agency's outreach offices are listed below. An appointment is required to do an application.
— Concord 225-6880, Laconia 524-5512, Franklin 934-3444, Meredith 279-4096, Suncook 485-7824