Crisis Fuel Assistance or Crisis Fuel can help in an emergency if your household is very close to running out of fuel or has run out of fuel and can’t afford to buy more. Crisis Fuel can help pay for a fuel delivery, avoid a disconnection, or even help pay for furnace repairs or a replacement. The funds would go directly to your fuel provider.
Who Should Apply:
To apply for Crisis Fuel Assistance, your household’s monthly income (before taxes) should be at or below:
|Number of People in your Household|
(200% federal income guidelines)
(60% State Median Income)
If you’re just above these income guidelines or think you won’t qualify for another reason, call your Community Action Agency anyway! They might still be able to help!
How to Apply:
Crisis Fuel Assistance does the same thing in both Vermont and New Hampshire: help pay for fuel in an emergency. But the application process is a little different in each state. For folks in Vermont, you can find information just below under the Apply in Vermont heading. New Hampshire folks, be sure to scroll down to where you see Apply in New Hampshire, or you can click the anchor icon below to skip down to Apply in New Hampshire.
Apply in Vermont
In Vermont, the program is run through the state’s local Community Action Agencies (CAA) which are non-profits that work with the state to run programs that help lift folks out of poverty for the long term. If you are ready to apply, you can call the CAA in your area to make an appointment. You can find the contact information for the CAAs in the Upper Valley below.
Southeastern Vermont Community Action (SEVCA):
SEVCA covers folks living in Windsor and Windham Counties
All SEVCA offices can be reached by dialing 1-800-464-9951. Then you can follow the prompts to be connected to your local office.
You can reach the White River Junction Office directly by calling:
Or reach the Springfield Office directly by calling:
CAPSTONE Community Action (Capstone):
Capstone covers folks living in Orange County plus Barnard, Bethel, Royalton & Sharon.
You can reach any Capstone office by dialing 1-802-479-1053. Then you can follow the prompts to be connected to your local office.
Orange County East Office in Bradford:
Orange County West Office:
You can only apply for Crisis Fuel if your tank is a 1/4 full or less. Funds are typically available the last Monday of November and continue through April or until funds run out. If you qualify for Seasonal Fuel Assistance, your CAA will have you fill out that application first. You can find more information about the Seasonal Fuel Assistance program at the button below:
You can also call your local CAA if you have questions about the program or application. If you would like more information about Crisis Fuel before you apply, you can visit your CAA’s website by clicking the buttons below:
Apply in New Hampshire
In Vermont, Crisis Fuel Assistance is a separate program but in New Hampshire, this program is included as part of the Fuel Assistance Program (FAP) which runs through the state’s local Community Action Agencies (CAA) which are non-profits that work with the state to run programs that help lift folks out of poverty for the long term. If you are ready to apply, you can call the CAA in your county to make an appointment. Below is the contact information for the CAAs in Grafton, Sullivan, Merrimack, and Cheshire counties.
Funds are typically sent out beginning in October and run through April. Households that include children under age 6, disabled or elderly folks, or households heat their homes with wood (wood pellets) can start applying in July. Households that heat with oil, kerosene, and propane can start applying in September. And households that have electric heat or have their heat included in rent can start applying in October.
Tri-County Community Action in Grafton County:
Phone: 603-968-3560 ext. 2
Southwestern Community Services:
Community Action Program Belknap-Merrimack Counties:
Phone: 603-225-3295 ext. 1140
You can also call your local CAA if you have questions about the program or application. If you would like more information about the Fuel Assistance program that Crisis Fuel is part of, you can visit your CAA’s website by clicking the buttons below:
Other Programs You Might Qualify for:
If you qualify for the Crisis Fuel Assistance program, you might also qualify for the programs below. Click for more information: