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If you've fallen behind on your utility bills, a new state grant program can help get you back on track.

Many Vermonters are facing financial hardships due to the COVID-19 economic slowdown and have growing past-due balances. Green Mountain Power customers can qualify for this new free funding, and it is only available for a short time. The Vermont Department of Public Service runs the Vermont COVID-19 Arrearage Assistance Program. If you have utility bills that are more than 60 days overdue, you can qualify for 100 percent coverage to get you paid up. The program is funded with money from the federal Coronavirus Relief Fund, and can help you pay balances for telephone, water, electric and natural gas service.

The Vermont Legislature approved $8 million for the program, and the money is only available until Nov. 20, 2020. Grants are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

You can get started on your application by going to or by calling the Vermont Department of Public Service at 800-622-4496.


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