For those that need funding, our 2022-2023 assistance window is currently closed. This program is available to those eligible from November 1 through April 1 each year. For those interested in giving, you're able to contribute to our 2023-2024 heating fund to offer aid to those in need for the upcoming heating season!
Summit Utilities has created the Summit Heating Assistance Fund for customers in Arkansas, Oklahoma, and the Texarkana, Texas area to provide financial assistance to customers who are struggling to pay their heating bills. This program replaces the “Good Neighbor Fuel Fund” that CenterPoint Energy previously offered customers in this service area.
Contributions for the fund come from Summit Utilities and customers who generously opt-in to donate to the fund on their monthly bill. Summit matches all contributions dollar for dollar. The fund is administered through the Heart of Arkansas United Way and partner organizations for both Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texarkana, Texas area customers. All donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by an individual’s or corporation’s circumstances.
At Summit, we are only as strong as the communities we serve, which is why we support our service areas by offering programs to help those in need. The Summit Heating Assistance Fund is one of those programs. The program provides customers with up to $200 to pay past due natural gas bills during the heating season, November 1 – April 1.
Program funds are administered by the Heart of Arkansas United Way (HAUW). In order to receive funding, the HAUW will require:
The Summit Heating Assistance fund cannot assist with the following scenarios:
The Heart of Arkansas United Way will utilize the ALICE Criteria to determine if the customer qualifies for heating assistance. ALICE stands for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed. These income requirements take into consideration earnings and monthly budget in an attempt to expand qualification for assistance to those who are above the poverty line but are struggling to make ends meet.
To apply, or if you have questions about how to receive funding, reach out to The Heart of Arkansas United Way:
On behalf of families in need, thank you. All donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by an individual’s or corporation’s circumstances.
Donate by Check
If you are sending a one-time contribution via check, please make your check payable to:
The Summit Heating Assistance Fund
Enclose the check in your Summit Utilities payment and check the “I wish to donate to the Summit Heating Assistance Fund” box on your monthly billing statement.
The donation amount indicated will be included on your monthly billing statement total.
Donate on AutoPay
If you are on AutoPay and would like to contribute, log into your Summit “My Online Account” payment portal to elect to contribute a monthly donation to the Summit Heating Assistance Fund.
Additionally you may also give directly to the Heart of Arkansas United Way.
For more information about Summit’s Heating Assistance Program, or, if you have questions about making a donation, reach out to The Heart of Arkansas United Way: