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OUR PROGRAMS: Neighborhood Heating Fund

The Neighborhood Heating Fund was founded by National Grid in 1983 to help low-income families and individuals with elevated bills meet their monthly payments. In 1993 HeartShare Human Services of New York was asked to administer the fund. Together, National Grid and HeartShare assist over 1,200 families each heating season, which runs December through March.

See photos of the Neighborhood Heating Fund in action.

Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz is encouraging everyone to open their hearts and make a $5 donation to the Neighborhood Heating Fund by texting WARMTH to 27722.

Questions about the fund:

  • When can I complete an appliation?

    The Neighborhood Heating Fund began accepting applications on December 16, 2013.

  • What boroughs are covered by the fund?

    The Neighborhood Heating Fund covers Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island.

  • Who is eligible for the Neighborhood Heating Fund Grant?

    All applicants who fall within the HEAP income guidelines qualify for the fund.

  • Do I have to be a National Grid customer to apply?

    Yes. This fund is only covers National Grid heating accounts.

  • I own a 3-family house. Can I apply to the fund?

    No. The fund is limited to 1 and 2-family dwellings.

  • Can I apply if I live in an apartment?

    Most apartment building dwellers have cooking accounts. These applicants are not eligible for the fund. However, if you do pay for your own heat, you are eligible to apply.

  • Where can I apply for the heating fund?

    You may apply at one of the locations listed. You must call for an appointment first!

  • How long will it take for me to be approved?

    After your application is submitted, it takes 7 to 10 days for you to be notified as to the status of your application and for your account to be credited. Payment is sent directly to National Grid, not the applicant.

  • How much money can I receive from the fund?

    You can receive up to $200 depending upon the amount of the National Grid bill. For example, if the bill is $175.80, the grant will be $175.80. If the bill is $400, the grant will only be $200. You cannot receive a monetary credit.

  • How many times can I receive a grant from the heating fund?

    Applicants are allowed to apply once per heating season.

  • Can I apply for HEAP and the Neighborhood Heating Fund?

    Yes. In fact we urge all applicants to apply for both funds so they can receive maximum assistance.

Help Your Neighbors

As everyone knows, the economy is still struggling. Many people are still unemployed. People who have worked hard their all their lives are now finding themselves needing assistance to survive. These may be the people living right down the street from you. It is anticipated that more people will be needing assistance keeping their heat on this winter. That is why your donation to the Neighborhood Heating Fund means more than ever.

The Neighborhood Heating Fund accepts donations through text message. Through a partnership with mGive, donors can text WARMTH to 27722 to donate $5 to the Neighborhood Heating Fund. It's easy to do and can make a real impact in someone's life.

$5.00 donation to HeartShare Human Services of New York. Charges will appear on your wireless bill, or be deducted from your prepaid balance. All purchases must be authorized by account holder. Must be 18 years of age or have parental permission to participate. Message and Data Rates May Apply. Text STOP to 27722 to STOP. Text HELP to 27722 for HELP. Full Terms: www.mGive.org/T. Privacy Policy For more information about donating $5 via text message, click here.

If you wish to make a larger donation, you can do so via credit card.

All contributions to the Neighborhood Heating Fund are tax deductible.

For more information about the Neighborhood Heating Fund, please call (718) 422-4207.