Governor Phil Scott announced $8 million in available grant funding to assist Vermonters with overdue utility bills as a result of economic hardship due to the pandemic.
“Many Vermonters are struggling to keep up with their basic expenses because of this pandemic, and these grant funds provide necessary relief for those who’ve fallen behind on utility bills,” said Governor Scott, Aug. 19. “I’m grateful to the cooperation of Legislature and the Public Service team in funding and implementing this program.”
The program will provide 100% of eligible outstanding arrearages that are more than 60 days overdue for regulated utility customers with delinquent balances who may face disconnection of service if arrearages go unpaid. Eligible applicants include residential and nonresidential account holders served by a Vermont electric, natural gas, fixed-line telephone service provider or a private water company.
Applications will be accepted through Nov. 30 and grants will be awarded on a first come, first served basis until funds are exhausted or by the program’s end date on Dec. 20, whichever comes first.
For more information about the program and to apply, visit publicservice.vermont.gov or call 800-622-4496.