- Programs & Services
- Good Neighbor Energy Fund (GNEF)
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