Cooling Assistance Applications are Now Being Accepted by Virginia EAP

The Virginia Energy Assistance Program is now accepting Cooling Assistance applications through August 15th.

The Virginia Energy Assistance Program (EAP) assists low-income households in meeting their immediate home energy needs.

Assistance is available for the purchase and installation of air conditioning window units, repair of central air conditioning units or heat pumps, help with electric bills for the operation of cooling equipment, help with security deposits for electric service and more.

The eligibility requirements are that the individual must have cooling expense responsibility, the household must include one vulnerable individual age 60 or older, disabled or under the age of six.

For a complete list of eligibility requirements, and a complete list of assistance available refer to the manual at

You can apply online at

Screen for eligibility and/or apply online through CommonHelp at

You can apply over the telephone by calling the Enterprise Customer Service Center at 1-855-635-4370 (Monday – Friday 7 am – 6 pm).

You can also submit an application manually and return it to your local department of social services:

032-03-0657-18 Cooling Application_eng.pdf (

032-03-0657-13 Cooling Application_spa.pdf (

*If you’ve never applied for cooling assistance before, if your address has changed, or if your electric utilities account number has changed, you may need to submit a current electric bill with your application.*

If you would like an application mailed to you, please contact Breanna Hartman at

540-468-2199 ext. 304   If she’s unavailable please leave a voicemail with your name and mailing address.

Visit our website at for the links to applications, eligibility requirements and more information.

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Bonnie Ralston

Bonnie Ralston is the Assistant Station Coordinator at WVLS and a Highland County news reporter. She began volunteering at Allegheny Mountain Radio in the fall of 2005. In 2006 she became an AMR employee and worked in Bath County for eight years as the WCHG Station Coordinator and then as the news reporter there. She began working in radio while in college and has stayed connected to radio, in one way or another, for more than thirty years. She grew up in Staunton, Virginia, while spending a lot of time on her family’s farm in Deerfield, Virginia. She enjoys spending time outside, watching old TV shows and movies and tending to her chickens.

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