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OUR PROGRAMS: Project SHARE Heating Fund

In 1982, New York State Electric & Gas Corporation (NYSEG) founded a fuel fund named Project SHARE. Project SHARE was initially designed to help elderly or disabled persons with heating emergencies. Recently the program has expanded eligibility to include military veterans and active service members. In 1984 Rochester Gas and Electric Corporation (RG&E) created the Heating Fund to help customers who didn't qualify for government assistance (such as HEAP). The Heating Fund offered heating customers one-time emergency financial assistance if they had a shut off notice.

In 2013, the two programs were combined to form the Project SHARE Heating Fund serving NYSEG and RG&E customers with heating emergencies. Contributions from employees, retirees and customers fund the Project SHARE Heating Fund. HeartShare administers the program and determines eligibility for assistance. HeartShare has established intake agencies throughout NYSEG and RG&E's service areas to accept applications.

For a listing of intake agencies for the Project SHARE Heating Fund, please call toll-free 844-579-5555.


Questions about the Project SHARE Heating Fund:

  • When can I complete an application?

    The Project SHARE Heating Fund begins accepting applications on January 2, 2014.

  • What areas are covered by the fund?

    The Project SHARE Heating Fund covers 45 counties in upstate New York.

  • Who is eligible for Project SHARE Heating Fund?

    Project SHARE Heating Fund is a payor of last resort. To be eligible for Project SHARE Heating Fund, an applicant must meet the following guidelines:

    - Client must have an active account with NYSEG or RG&E.

    - Client must have a energy emergency.

    - Client must meet the HEAP income guidelines, except:

    - Active military or well-discharged veterans regardless of income.

  • Where can I apply for the Project SHARE Heating Fund?

    You may apply at one of the locations listed. You must call for an appointment first, or call 1-800-599-4327 to apply by phone.

  • Can I apply for HEAP and the Project SHARE Heating Fund?

    Yes. In fact you must apply for HEAP and all other grants before you apply for Project SHARE Heating Fund.


For more information, please call HeartShare's
Energy Assistance and Community Development Department:

1-800-599-HEART (4327)
Weekdays, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm