Funds Available to Help Families with Home Cooling Bills

Karen Atkins |

RICHMOND, KY – Kentucky River Foothills Development Council, Inc. is accepting applications for the Spring Subsidy Cooling portion of the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). Applications can be made through June 2, 2023, or until available funds have been expended. The program assists households offset their electric costs.

The Subsidy component helps households offset electric costs by providing a one-time benefit ranging from $38 to $200 depending on income levels and housing categories.  A household is considered to be eligible for energy assistance when the household meets the basic eligibility criteria which includes:

  1. completion of an application;
  2. is responsible for home energy costs, directly or as an undesignated portion of their rent;
  3. have a combined household income, for the calendar month prior to the month of application, not in excess of 130% of the federal poverty level as listed in the Income Eligibility Guidelines; and
  4. live in Kentucky when the application is made and apply in the county of residence.

All assistance provided with LIHEAP funds must be directly related to resolving the household’s electric costs.  Benefits are paid directly to the electric vendor.  Applicants must provide the following:

  • Electric bill or lease (if electric costs are included as an undesignated portion of rent).
  • Proof of Social Security Number or Permanent Residence card (Green Card) for each member of the household.
  • Proof of all household income from the preceding month.

LIHEAP operates on an appointment-based system. You can schedule your appointment by calling 859-544-1713 or online at

Requests for assistance can also be made by contacting:
Clark Co: 859-744-3235, [email protected]
Estill Co: 606-723-4492, email [email protected]
Madison Co: 859-623-6514, email [email protected]
Powell Co: 606-663-2659, email [email protected]

Residents outside KRFDC’s service region of Clark, Estill, Madison and Powell counties can find their community action agency here:

LIHEAP is a statewide initiative sponsored by Community Action Kentucky Inc. in partnership with the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) and is directly funded by the U.S. Department for Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families.