Dollar Energy Fund started giving utility assistance grants on Tuesday, October 1.
This is the sixth year for the program that helps limited-income households get funding for utility payments.
The program was announced at the Bridgeport Conference Center on Tuesday.
Families at or below 150 percent of the federal poverty level, or have received utility termination notices are can apply.
"We do grants for water, electric, or gas. In this area we do First Energy, Dominion Hope, and Equitable Gas grants up to $500. That's a yearly one time grant households can apply for and they'll get a maximum amount of $500 to cover their termination notice," explained Rachel Coffman, the Appalachian Program Manager for Dollar Energy Fund.
Coffman said seeing families get the help they need is very rewarding.
"A lot of the people that come to request our funding are the people that haven't needed the funding before. They either just got laid off from their job, or they're dealing with some medical expenses and they have to pick which bill they're going to pay that month and sometimes the electric, gas, or water gets put back. So we're glad we can be that resource for them," Coffman said.
For information on the Dollar Energy Fund program or how to apply, click here.