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Utility bill help from the Ohio Fuel Fund Grant Program.

Currently, low to moderate income customers of FirstEnergy's utility companies, which are Cleveland Electric Illuminating, Ohio Edison, and Toledo Edison may be eligible for the assistance program.

Residents of Summit County will benefit from the largest portion of the funding. The Summit County Department of Community as well as the Economic Development and Love INC of Greater Akron will administrate the program and be responsible for passing out about $1.5 million worth of energy billing credits. These organizations will take applications from customers and will decide upon whether residents are eligible for assistance.

Some organizations that will manage the program are still being selected. For example, the Ohio Consumers' Counsel is still finalizing agreements with the Medina County Department of Job and Family Services, the Stark County Department of Job and Family Services, Portage County Salvation Army, and also the Salvation Army in Stark County. No organization has been selected to manage the program yet in Wayne County.

While the maximum grant that will be provided from the Ohio Fuel Fund Grant Program per family in most cases is $300, up to $500 will be given out in cases of extreme hardship or financial emergency. Credits for utility bills and heating may be used only for electrical usage and cannot exceed the amount due on the monthly power bill.

As with most energy assistance programs, the Ohio Fuel Grant Program has criteria that need to be met in order to get help. The applicant must have been for the most part paying their heating bills on time in the past, they need to have a limited household income, and they must have applied for the LIHEAP program in the past in order to get help from the Ohio Fuel Grant Program. Find other conditions as well as state of Ohio energy assistance programs.

To qualify for the Fuel Fund program, there are some income criteria, and also proof of identification, household income and an electric bill must be presented during the application process in order to be considered for the Ohio Fuel Fund grant Program. Dial 330.643.2068 to learn more.




By Jon McNamara

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