As of April 15, 2020 a one-time grant is available to CEC members in need who reside full-time in a home served by CEC. Members who qualify will receive a credit (up to $500) on their electric bill, calculated by adding the last two electric bills and applying a credit for the total up to $500.
If some (or all) of the above qualifications are not met and you are able to provide documentation of extenuating circumstances, CEC reserves the right to forgo any or all of the predetermined qualifications for grant approval.
Click here to complete the application for the COVID-19 Hardship Grant.
Or click here for a printable application form that can be mailed to: Central Electric Cooperative, Attn: COVID-19 Hardship Grant, P.O. Box 329, Parker PA 16049.
There are several programs available for members who are having difficulty paying their electric bills including Family Fund and LIHEAP.
Family Fund assists needy families or individuals who have their permanent residence on Central Electric Cooperative (CEC) lines. Funds are raised through contributions from members and employees. Each fund is administered by different agencies. You must apply to each individual fund listed below:
The Clarion County Red Cross is the administering agency for payment of all funds. CEC thanks each of the agencies listed above for services provided to our members.
CEC has recently made changes to its Family Fund energy assistance program that positively affects those in financial need. Members who already are qualified to receive energy assistance from their respective county agency can now access up to $500 per calendar year from the Family Fund and will not have to make a copayment. Income verification must be verified by one of two ways:
Family Funds are derived from unclaimed property and donations and not from rate or cooperative revenue. Members are urged to contact our office at 800-521-0570 if they have any further questions. Act now to take advantage of this limited opportunity.
Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
LIHEAP is a federal program administered by the State Department of Public Welfare and assists low-income families with their heating bills. LIHEAP is a grant and you do not have to be on public assistance to qualify.
LIHEAP is now offering a LIHEAP Recovery Crisis Program beginning May 18, 2020 and operating until Aug. 31, 2020 (or sooner if designated funds have been depleted). This new, special program raises crisis funds available to $800. However, this total amount available depends on if you have already received crisis funds for 2020. Additionally someone who may not have been eligible before the COVID-19 pandemic may be eligible now as a result of work reduction. Please call your county's office or CEC to learn more or to apply.