Information on Electric and Heating Assistance Programs

We suspect many of our constituents will qualify for the energy assistance program. Please read the message from the NH Department of Energy below. We have updated the links to go directly to the Community Action Program Belknap-Meerimack County as a convenience for Chichester and Pittsfield residents.

NH Department of Energy Message: Granite Staters are seeing higher energy bills due to the current high energy prices for heating and electricity. Energy markets worldwide are volatile, and the higher prices we are seeing are the result of an energy supply crunch brought about by increased energy usage as the economy recovers from the COVID pandemic, uncertainties stemming from the ongoing war in Ukraine, and inflation. Although we cannot control these factors, the State of New Hampshire offers a number of assistance programs that are administered through the Community Action Agencies. Interested households should contact their local Community Action Agency at Please share the below information on state energy assistance programs with your employees.

Who is Eligible?

Households with incomes between 60% and 75% of the state median income may qualify for:

  • A one-time credit of $450 for heating assistance.
  • A one-time credit of $200 on electric bills.

Households with incomes below 60% of State Median Income may be eligible for assistance through:

Income eligibility is based on family size and gross annual income. The chart below shows the maximum gross annual income guidelines for 75% of State Median income.