Bedford County operates three federally mandated Energy Assistance Programs with heating and cooling components for all citizens with economic need.
During the summer, the Cooling Assistance Program provides for the purchase of window air conditioners and fans, or for repair of cooling equipment and/or payment for electricity for households containing a vulnerable individual who is aged, disabled, or under age six. Applications for Cooling Assistance can typically be submitted between June 15th and August 15th each year.
The Fuel Assistance Program helps with home heating fuel and related charges. Benefits are determined and authorizations for deliveries or services are sent to vendors in December. Applications for Fuel Assistance can be submitted starting on the 2nd Tuesday in October through the 2nd Friday in November each year.
Crisis Assistance Program is intended to meet a household's emergency heating needs. Assistance needed to purchase/repair heating equipment or a one-time only heating security deposit for the applicants’ heating source can be provided. Applications for this type of assistance open yearly from November 1st through March 15th.
Purchase of home heating fuel or payment of heat utility bill is also available. Applications for this type of assistance open on the 1st working day of January and extend until March 15th each year.
Each of the three components has income and non-financial requirements.
For more information regarding the Energy Assistance Programs, please visit the Virginia Department of Social Services. Program Applications: Apply Here