Gas Sharing Program
The Nicor Gas Sharing program, which is administered by local Salvation Army branches, provides annual grants of up to $450 to qualified residential customers. An applicant can only receive the grant once per year. The assistance program is funded by direct contributions from employees, customers, and Nicor Gas itself, which contributes about $175,000 each and every year.
To qualify for this assistance, a household’s monthly income can’t exceed 200 percent of the federally established poverty level. Sharing Program applicants need to apply in-person at local Salvation Army offices. For more information on the program, or for a list of Salvation Army offices, call 888-642-6748.
Nicor Gas LIHEAP
The open enrollment for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) occurs in November of each year, and Nicor Gas always urges any low or moderate income customers who may need financial assistance with paying their utility bills to apply as soon as possible to this program because funds tend to be limited.
The annual LIHEAP program can be the bridge that helps make ends meet for many customers who need assistance. For those customers who do not qualify for the LIHEAP program, the Nicor Gas Sharing program (mentioned above) may be another option that provides you with some assistance on their energy and heating bills.
The LIHEAP program is funded by the federal government, and specifically the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the state of Illinois. The program is administered locally by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity and the underlying goal of the program is to help eligible low-income households pay their energy bills.
If you apply and are accepted, the assistance you receive is presented to qualifying applicants in one annual payment / cash grant.
The exact amount of assistance is determined by the applicants household income, household size, geographic location, and fuel type determine the amount of assistance. To qualify for aid, a household’s monthly income cannot exceed about 200 percent of the federally established poverty level. For more information or to apply for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, please call the toll-free LIHEAP information line at 877-411-9276.