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Energy is a basic need, just like housing or food. Access to energy is essential for cooking, boiling water, as well as providing light and heat – all of which, are also prerequisites for good health. NJ SHARES is committed to reducing and preventing energy insecurity, which is the inability to adequately meet household energy needs.

The Department of Energy estimates that one in three American households face a challenge in paying energy bills or sustaining adequate heating and cooling in their home. Households living with energy insecurity routinely forgo basic needs such as food and medicine to pay their energy bill, keep their homes at unhealthy temperatures, receive disconnection notices, and experience shutoffs.

In order to ensure New Jersey residents are not without access to basic needs, NJ SHARES has formed unique partnerships with New Jersey’s regulated utility companies to provide a variety of different assistance programs and support.

 

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Energy Programs

NJ SHARES Energy Grant

Assisting income qualified households who are in a temporary financial crisis and in need of electric and/or gas payment assistance by providing grants of up to $700 per each utility to maintain or restore service.

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ATLANTIC CITY ELECTRIC (ACE) HELPING HANDS

Assisting income qualified households who are in a temporary financial crisis and in need of electric bill payment assistance by providing grants of up to $200.

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ØRSTED CARES

Assisting income qualified households in Atlantic, Cape May and Ocean counties, who are in a temporary financial crisis and in need of electric bill payment assistance by providing grants of up to $200.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How often can I receive a grant?

Once per calendar year for gas – NJ SHARES Energy Grant
Once per calendar year for electric – NJ SHARES Energy Grant
Once every 12 months – ACE Helping Hands Grant
Once every 6 months – Orsted CARES Grant

Once approved for a grant, how soon will I see the credit applied to my account?

1-2 billing cycles

How long does the application process take?

Once all required documentation is received, the process will take approximately 3-5 days.

How do I apply?

Online, in person at NJ SHARES headquarters or at a local agency (see agency list)

How much is the grant?

NJ SHARES Energy Grant for gas – up to $700
NJ SHARES Energy Grant for electric – up to $700
ACE Helping Hands Grant – $200
Orsted CARES Grant – up to $200

Can I apply for multiple types of grants at the same time?

Yes, you can apply for an energy grant in addition to our other assistance programs.

Do I need income to qualify?

Please refer to the income charts below to determine income eligibility

NEED HELP?

Apply in person.

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