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Energy Assistance Programs

Lending a hand.

Sometimes people need a little extra help. And we'd like to lend a hand.

We partner with local agencies to offer grants for bill assistance, weatherization (such as insulation and air sealing) and heating system improvements to those who qualify.

Energy Assistance Grants are available for limited-income and low-income customers. These funds are distributed to qualifying customers through SNAP in Spokane county and other local community agencies. They are made available through a combination of electric and natural gas tariff surcharges and government grants. The purpose of these programs is to reduce the energy cost burden among customers who are least able to pay energy bills.

Project Share Grants are created by contributions to the Project Share fund from our customers, as well as directly from Avista and Avista employees. Customers can contact their community action agency to see if they are eligible to receive this one-time, emergency bill payment assistance.

Eligibility and Guidelines are determined by federal and state guidelines. To determine your eligibility for heating assistance, you may be required to provide the following:

  • documents to verify your proof of address, income and social security number,
  • your current heating bill or lease agreement,
  • or other similar documents.

Please work closely with the agency that is verifying your eligibility to ensure you have everything you need to be prepared for your appointment. Customers are encouraged to contact their local community agency to determine their eligibility.

Customers are also reminded that they should continue to pay their heating bill until an energy grant has been posted to their account.

View a sample of assistance guidelines by state:

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