Project Warmth Emergency Fuel Fund



One out of three households on Long Island don't earn enough to make ends meet or heat their homes during the bitter winter months. Many working families are not earning enough money to maintain self-sufficiency and seniors on fixed incomes are having a hard time making ends meet.

If a crisis strikes any of these households, they may be forced into making financial compromises and trade-offs that could be detrimental or even life-threatening. Project Warmth’s Emergency Fuel Fund can make a significant difference for families in our region.

As Long Island’s only non-governmental, island-wide emergency fuel fund, Project Warmth is a safety net for financially struggling individuals and families who are unable to pay their heating bill. This program provides a one-time grant for fuel and/or fuel-related electricity. Payments are made directly to oil and utility companies on behalf of eligible residents facing heating emergencies. For the hundreds of families we help each year, assistance with an oil delivery or utility arrears means they have room in their budgets to cover essentials like food or medication.

Over 1,900 households with heating emergencies, including 1,362 children, weren’t left out in the cold this winter because of a $500,000 grant from the National Grid Foundation to support Project Warmth. We are grateful to our many funders, including National Grid Foundation and over 1,000 Long Islanders who contribute through their PSEG utility bills to help their neighbors in need.


If you or someone you know needs assistance, call United Way’s 2-1-1 Long Island information and referral call center by dialing 2-1-1 (or 1-888-774-7633) Monday-Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm.


Do you receive benefits from a program such as HEAP, Medicaid, SNAP or SSI? If so, contact PSEG Long Island at to learn about the Household Assistance Program (HAP) for savings on your monthly electric bill.

Income-eligible National Grid customers may qualify for the Energy Affordability Program (EAP), which offers monthly bill credits. To learn more, call (800) 930-5003 or visit

Conserve Energy: There are simple actions you can take to weatherize your home and save energy. Visit these partner websites for more information:

PSEG Long Island:
Oil Heat Institute:
National Grid:


Since 1994, United Way of Long Island has helped area residents in need of home heating to keep warm by joining hands with individual donors, nonprofit, corporate and union partners in support of Project Warmth. Project Warmth began operation in 1994 to help Long Islanders who did not qualify for Federal assistance programs due to income guidelines. Emergency assistance programs that were already in place to address year-long needs were often depleted by the end of the year, leaving many with nowhere to turn for help. Since its inception, Project Warmth has helped to fill the need for emergency heating assistance on Long Island, raising more than $11 million to help more than 30,000 families. Click timeline image to enlarge.

Project Warmth 2022-2023 Newsletter
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Your support of Project Warmth will make a powerful statement that home energy is a basic human need and is equal to other essentials such as food, water, prescription medication, shelter, and clothing. Make a contribution to Project Warmth online, or mail your contribution to United Way of Long Island, Attn: Project Warmth, 819 Grand Boulevard, Deer Park, NY 11729.



Project Warmth is a member of the National Energy and Utility Affordability Coalition

For more information, contact Biena Depena, Program Coordinator at