PITTSBURGH, Pa. — Dollar Energy Fund’s West Virginia Utility Assistance Program began accepting applications for seasonal utility assistance grants from Appalachian Power Company customers with limited incomes, this week.

The charity previously announced that West Virginia residents would be able to request assistance from Dec. 3 through Mar. 29th.  Eligible Appalachian Power customers may be able to receive a one-time grant of up to $300 either to restore electric service that has been cut off or to prevent a service termination.  Grants will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, while funds are available.  Households with incomes at or below 150% of the Federal Poverty Income Guidelines are considered to be eligible, in most circumstances.

A Dollar Energy Fund press release instructed those in West Virginia seeking help either to contact Appalachian Power directly or to call 211 for eligibility screening.  Appalachian Power refers eligible households to community based organizations to begin the Dollar Energy Fund application process, and to connect those in need with additional services that may also be available to limited-income individuals and families, such as food, child care and career assistance.

Full eligibility guidelines and application instructions are availble online at dollarenergy.org/need- help/westvirginia.