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Need Energy Assistance?

The mission of the Rhode Island Good Neighbor Energy Fund is to provide assistance to Rhode Islanders who are experiencing a financial crisis.

Examples of financial difficulty include the inability to pay for a deliverable fuel and/or electric or gas bill due to recent loss of a job or income, health issue, change in family circumstances, etc.

If any Rhode Islander is looking for assistance from the Fund, they should visit their local Community Action Program (CAP) agency which uses the guidelines below for qualification. If you are unsure of the CAP agency near you please call the United Way 2-1-1 in Rhode Island call center by dialing 2-1-1 or visit


  1. In addition to providing evidence of financial crisis, the client must also provide copies of a picture ID, proof of income, proof of household members and a current utility bill.

  2. The utility bill must be related to heat. Sources of heat include: electricity, natural gas, oil, propane, wood or wood byproducts. Clients cannot receive GNEF assistance for more than one energy source.

  3. Any household who did not access the Fund last campaign year and who meets the financial eligibility guidelines is able to utilize the Fund this campaign year as long as they can also document the need and eligibility. If a household received assistance from the Fund last campaign year they must demonstrate a clear crisis this campaign year in order to receive assistance from the Fund. Clients are eligible for support from the Fund if their household income does not exceed 300% of the federal poverty level. For example, a household of four people would need an annual household income not to exceed $73,800.

    Household Size  Annual Income Limit

  4. Grants are made payable directly to the utility. No grant shall be made payable to a client.

  5. GNEF grants are not intended to pay for restoration of service unless it is a recent termination (in the same heating season) related to the client's current financial hardship. Documentation of circumstances is required.


Electricity - $600

Kerosene - $600

Natural Gas - $500

Oil - $650

Propane - $650

Wood (or wood byproducts) - $650