WHAT IS OPERATION FUEL?
Operation Fuel (www.operationfuel.org/)
provides cash assistance for heating expenses
for households with incomes at or below 60% of
the State Median Income guidelines who are in
crisis. Local fuel banks assess client
eligibility and make payments to vendors.
Operation Fuel is a private charitable program.
Operation Fuel awards grants for the Winter,
Spring and Summer seasons. The grants are used
for heat and non-heat source expenses. Amount of
assistance is up to the discretion of the local
fuel bank. Payments are made directly to fuel or
utility vendors. Note: Spring and Summer
programs provide assistance for gas and electric
- Household income at or below 60% of the State Median Income
- Must have exhausted, or been
denied or are ineligible, for state heating
- Heating oil customers may apply
if they are out of oil and are unable to get
an appointment for state heating assistance
benefits for at least 30 days.
- Applicants may apply if they
have experienced a job loss, and are
collecting, or have exhausted, unemployment
benefits, or have very limited income (such as
disability, Social Security, etc.)
- A household must be in an
extreme emergency or financial crisis
situation. A "financial crisis" is considered
to be a situation in which a family must
choose between paying for their energy needs,
buying food, paying the rent or mortgage, or
paying medical bills as a result of
unemployment, illness, death, or other
HOW TO OBTAIN SERVICE:
- Call your local Operation Fuel
fuel bank and make an appointment for an
energy assistance assessment.
TIMETABLE: Applications are
accepted starting December 3, 2012 for the
CONTRIBUTING TO OPERATION
Operation Fuel is funded by direct private
donations, state dollars, and the Add-a-Dollar
program through gas and electric utility
companies. Through the Add-a-Dollar program,
utility customers can choose to add a dollar to
their utility payments. All Add-a-Dollar
contributions are matched by the utility
company, effectively doubling the customers'
contributions for Operation Fuel.
TO FIND PROVIDERS IN
CONNECTICUT'S COMMUNITY RESOURCES DATABASE:
• Search by program
SOURCE: Operation Fuel fact
sheets;Operation Fuel website
PREPARED BY: 211/pt
CONTENT LAST REVIEWED: November2012