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Grant County Indiana assistance programs.

There are three primary non-profit agencies to contact for help in Marion and Grant County Indiana. They include Action, Inc. of Delaware and Grant Counties, the Salvation Army, and St. Martin Community Center. Learn below about the assistance programs they offer.

St. Martin Community Center

This non-profit agency may be able to provide assistance whether you need to be able to come for a home cooked meal, need a sack of groceries to feed your family, they offer an educational workshop, tutoring/mentoring, and they can also provide low income people with a bargain in our thrift store or to be around old friends and make new ones. The Grant County St. Martin Community Center is here to serve you in a friendly and safe environment, and provide you with information on programs, and access to help. Dial (765) 651-9324.

Action, Inc. of Grant County

This is the local Marion and Grant County community action agency. They run numerous programs and services, including those listed here.

Utility and heating bill assistance programs, formally known as the Energy Assistance Program. It was created to help assist low to moderate income individuals and families with their heating bill, in particular during the cold Indiana winter season.  Households that are determined to be eligible for aid can receive assistance with paying gas, electric bills and bulk fuel (wood, propane, LP, etc.). Households whose utilities are included in their monthly rent payments can also apply for help from this program. Approved applicants are even protected from disconnection from their utility company December through March.

Another component is known as EAP Summer Cooling. This summer program assists low-income residents with summer cooling and air conditioning bills and expenses. Eligible households may receive up to two box fans, or $50.00 towards paying their electric bill if someone in the house is disabled, elderly, or has a child under the age of six. In addition, individuals who are part of the program may receive an air conditioning unit if the household is in a life threatening medical situation without the air conditioning, and can provide written verification of this need for the AC united from a medical doctor or professional.





Last, but not least, EAP Summer Fill is another Energy Assistance Program run by Action, Inc. of Delaware and Grant Counties. This utility assistance program offers the opportunity for families and individuals to receive help with heating bills, including heating fuel, before the onset of the cold winter weather at a reduced price. Households that are part of the program can receive a one time delivery of bulk fuel or four ricks of wood to be used for fuel.

Emergency Food and Shelter is a program that is funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. It provides one time cash assistance, and the assistance provided can include emergency help with utilities and electric bills, rent or mortgage payments.

The Furnace Replacement program is designed to replace furnaces and heating units and systems in low to moderate-income eligible homes in Marion and Grant County.

Weatherization program is a programs whose  primary purpose of the Weatherization Program is to reduce energy cost and bills in low income homes.

Counseling, advice, and information is also offered. Talk to a counselor from the community action agency to learn about such programs as Indiana foreclosure mediation as well as Indiana prescription programs.

Action, Inc. of  Grant County is located in Muncie and can be reached at (765) 289-2313.

The Grant County Central Indiana Community Action Agency is another option. The working poor, including seniors or elderly, can contact the agency for referrals. Learn about low income housing programs, grants for paying energy bills from LIHEAP, and other social services. They may have short term, emergency solutions, such as referrals to food pantries, as well as case management for clients. Learn more.




Salvation Army of Grant County and Marion

This agency can be reached at 765-664-6536. They provide information on Indiana and federal government assistance programs, and may have limited financial assistance available to offer themselves. Occasionally qualified individuals may be able to receive help with paying rent, utility and heating bills, and prescription medications.


By Jon McNamara


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