Do You Need Help
with Energy Costs?

Operation Fuel provides emergency energy and utility assistance to households in Connecticut that are facing financial crisis.

¿Necesita Ayuda Con Los Costos de Energía?


Operation Fuel serves households whose income does not exceed 75% of the State Median Income Guidelines, which include, but are not limited to, the elderly, disabled, working families, or individuals facing a financial crisis.

Financial crisis is defined as the inability of a family to pay for a deliverable fuel or a thirty-day outstanding utility bill. Financial crisis is considered to be a situation in which a family must choose between paying for their energy needs, buying food, paying the rent or mortgage, or paying medical bills as a result of unemployment, illness, death, or other emergencies.

An Operation Fuel energy grant is not an entitlement to all Connecticut residents who fall within income guidelines. Grants to households are approved at the discretion of Operation Fuel staff. When the Connecticut Energy Assistance Program (CEAP) is accepting applications, Operation Fuel requires that all clients apply for CEAP prior to applying for an Operation Fuel grant, for primary heat sources. If you are denied a grant from CEAP or have exhausted your CEAP benefit, please call 2-1-1 to determine whether or not you qualify for an additional grant. 

You will need to bring proof of the last four weeks of income for all household members, the name of your fuel vendor (for deliverable fuel customers, only), or your utility bill and payment history (for electric and gas utility customers only).

If you have questions, please email us at or call (860) 243-2345.

Types of Assistance

Year-Round Energy Assistance:

One-time grant per household, per year for deliverable fuel oil, natural gas, electricity, kerosene, wood, propane, pellets, and other energy sources.

Home System Repair and Replacement:

One-time grant to repair or replace furnace, boiler, or water heater.

Homeless Intervention and Prevention:

One-time grant per household for gas and utilities to stabilize families in crisis.

Water Assistance:

To apply for grants for customers of MDC (The Metropolitan District) or Connecticut Water, please choose the ready to apply button above to complete an application.  Aquarion customers, click here for an application.