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Utility Grant Program

UESF provides financial assistance to low income individuals and families who are facing utility terminations or who have had their utilities shut off. PECO, the Philadelphia Gas Works, and the Philadelphia Water Department match each dollar we provide.

The Utility Grant program is designed to bring a customer’s delinquent account up to date. UESF’s financial assistance, the matching utility bill credit, and any contribution by the individual must zero out the utility bill. Families and individuals are eligible to apply for assistance every two years.

To be eligible for a utility grant, your total household income must be at or below 175 percent of the current federal poverty guidelines. Eligibility will be determined at the time of application. Click here for UESF’s network of Utility Grant neighborhood intake sites to find one near you.

To be eligible, individuals and families must:

  • Have a notice of termination or be off service for PECO, PGW or PWD.
  • Be Philadelphia residents.
  • Have not received a UGP grant in the past 24 months.
  • During LIHEAP season, have applied for LIHEAP Cash and Crisis program first, before coming to UESF.
  • Owe an amount that is not in excess of the utility grant. All grants must be applied to the utility account and reach a zero balance. If the amount surpasses the maximum grant allowed, the applicant is responsible for the balance.
  • Be at or below 175% of Federal Poverty Level (to be determined at the time of application).

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