The Good Neighbor Energy Fund

The Good Neighbor Energy Fund is available to any Rhode Islander who, because of financial difficulty, needs assistance paying a current energy expense and meets eligibility guidelines.

The program generally runs from mid October through August.


  • Client must provide documentation showing financial hardship;
  • Client must provide copies of their photo ID, proof of income, proof of household members, and current heat related utility bill;
  • Clients cannot receive GNEF assistance for more than one of the following energy sources: electricity, natural gas, oil, propane, wood, or wood byproduct;
  • Any household that did not receive assistance last campaign year is eligible to receive assistance this campaign year, as long as they meet all financial eligibility guidelines;
  • Households that received GNEF assistance last campaign year must demonstrate an extenuating financial hardship to receive assistance this campaign year;
  • GNEF makes payments directly to the utility company.

The Good Neighbor Energy Fund is administered by United Way of Rhode Island.

To receive a Good Neighbor Energy Fund grant, clients cannot be eligible for RIHEAP. A household may receive assistance once every 3 years.

What to Bring

  • Evidence of financial crisis (ex: illness, recent job loss, etc.)
  • Photo ID
  • Proof of income
  • Proof of household members
  • Current utility bill

For more information about The Good Neighbor Energy Fund click here!