Fuel Assistance and Weatherization

As fuel prices go up there is an increasing need for resources to help seniors and families stay warm. The programs listed below can provide assistance against the high costs of heating.

Seasonal Fuel Assistance

This is a program offered through the Vermont Department for Children & Families that can help pay part of your home heating bills. It is a benefit for homeowners and renters that provides funds to purchase fuel to help keep you warm during the long Vermont winters.

Benefit amounts are based on your income and average annual heating costs. In most cases, the assistance you receive will be paid directly to your fuel provider.

In addition, being eligible for fuel assistance may also help to increase other benefits that you may receive, such as 3SquaresVT. Applying for benefits is a straight-forward process that our Information & Assistance staff can help you with. For information on eligibility, current income guidelines and to apply, Visit the DCF website or call 1 (800) 479-6151 to request a paper application.

Crisis Fuel Assistance

Crisis fuel assistance can help you during the winter months when you are running out of fuel and don't have money to buy more. It is administered by Capstone Community Action.

Crisis Fuel Assistance is available beginning the last Monday in November until the last Friday in April.

To apply, contact Capstone at 1 (802) 479-1053 or 1 (800) 639-1053. In Lamoille County, call 1 (802) 888-7993 or 1 (800) 639-8710.

For information on all of the heating and utility assistance programs available through Capstone, please visit their website.


Vermont's Weatherization Program provides weatherization and energy efficiency services free of charge to Central Vermonters who meet income and other qualifications. It is administered by Capstone Community Action.