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Nicor Gas Sharing Program

One-time annual grants are given, with no requirement to be paid back, to qualified residential customers who meet the required income guidelines. The Nicor Gas Sharing Program is administered by the Salvation Army and funded through direct contributions from Nicor Gas' customers and employees. To apply, visit your local Salvation Army office in person. If you're approved for a Sharing Grant, the Salvation Army will make payments to Nicor Gas on your behalf.

Nicor Gas Sharing Program

Eligible customers can receive a Sharing Grant of either $350 or $400. Elements of the Nicor Gas Sharing Program differ depending on age, so please view the appropriate Q&A for detailed information:

Crisis Situations and Veterans

Special programs are designed for veterans and customers in crisis situations.

Starting November 1st, 2016, additional assistance will be available to all Veterans.  Now Veterans will be able to apply for the Sharing Grant. Details on requirements and eligibility are listed below under Veterans.

Crisis Situations

Eligible customers can receive a Sharing Grant of either $350 or $400 for customers who are in Crisis Situations. Upon applying for this grant it will require approval and customers must meet income guidelines of 150% to 300% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL). Crisis situations could include:

  • Customer with an inactive account, where grant amount will cover entire balance for reconnection of service. (Forms of payment will be required).
  • An increase of medical expenses that prohibits a customer to pay his/her bill. Account must be active or grant amount is enough to reinstate service if account is inactive.
  • Loss of full-time income from spouse due to death or divorce.

The following information will be required upon application:

  • Gas bill must be in the applicant’s name.
  • Must have a picture ID.
  • Must show proof of $100 good faith payment being made with in the last 60 days of application date.
  • Proper documentation to following crisis situation.

For information on required income guidelines click here.

Veterans

Eligible customers who are Veterans can receive a maximum grant up to $200. Upon applying for this grant it will require company approval and customers must meet income guidelines and that do not exceed 300% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL). The following information will be required upon application:

  • Must show military papers.
  • Gas bill must be in the applicant’s name.
  • Must have a picture ID.
  • Must show proof of $100 good faith payment being made with in the last 60 days of application date.

Customers who apply for this grant can also receive a LIHEAP Grant and still be eligible for the Veteran Grant. Customers cannot receive both Veteran Grant and a regular Sharing Grant.

For information on required income guidelines click here.

How to Apply for a Sharing Grant

To qualify for a Sharing Grant, you must:

  • Be a residential heating customer of Nicor Gas with a payment due.
  • Be ineligible for state or federal energy assistance programs.
  • Have an annual income above 150 percent but not exceeding 250 percent of the federally established poverty level. Check our Income Guidelines to see if you qualify for a Sharing Grant.
  • Customers will have had to make a good faith payment of $100 within the last 60 days.

Applicants must apply in person at their local Salvation Army office and should bring the following documents:

  • Proof of income (check stub, social security letter or unemployment letter)
  • If there is no income, customers do not qualify for the Nicor Sharing program
  • Proof of residence (photo ID, such as a driver's license or state ID)
  • Current Nicor Gas bill

The Nicor Gas Sharing Program may be terminated, suspended or modified at any time for any reason without prior notice to participants.

Contribute to the Nicor Gas Sharing Program
If you would like to contribute to the Nicor Gas Sharing Program and are a Nicor Gas customer, just check the appropriate box on your bill stub and add the amount to your payment. If your natural gas bill is electronically transferred to us, you can call 888.Nicor4U (888.642.6748) to pledge a Sharing contribution that will be automatically added to your bill each month.

If you're not a Nicor Gas customer or you wish to make a larger contribution, please make your check out to "Sharing c/o The Salvation Army" and send it to:

Sharing c/o The Salvation Army
P.O. Box 30049
Chicago, IL 60630-0049