Find Help

If you need help finding local energy assistance resources, call the National Energy Assistance Referral hotline toll-free at 1-866-674-6327 or email (TTY 1-866-367-6228)

The NEAR hotline is maintained by the LIHEAP Clearinghouse, a program of the US Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families. It is not affiliated with the Campaign for Home Energy Assistance.


South Carolina

LIHEAP: Fighting Poverty in South Carolina

LIHEAP FY 2014 Funding

LIHEAP Income Eligibility Level
150% Federal Poverty Level


LIHEAP FY 2013 Benefit
Heating or cooling: $225 minimum, $500 maximum

LIHEAP Households Served
(Estimate for FY 2013 Heating)

LIHEAP Program Dates
Heating, cooling and crisis: Year-round


Emergency Charitable Assistance

Duke Power
Share the Warmth: A heating bill assistance program funded by Duke Power customers and Duke Energy shareholders. The Duke Energy Foundation matches individual contributions, dollar-for-dollar up to $50, for a maximum corporate contribution of $500,000 annually. The funds may be used for the payment of heating costs, regardless of energy source. Contact partner agencies.
Cooling Assistance Program: Funded by Duke Power and the Duke Energy Foundation, an annual contribution of $250,000 is spread among the counties within their service area. A specific agency (or agencies) is selected in each county to distribute the funds and to determine the criteria for family eligibility. Contact partner agencies.
Fan-Heat Relief Program: The Duke Energy Foundation contributes $40,000 annually for the purchase of fans for senior citizens. Administered by the N.C. Department of Human Resources/Division of Aging. Contact partner agencies.


Orangeburg Department of Public Utilities
Project Good Neighbor: Funded by employee donations for emergency assistance. Call 803-268-4050.


Piedmont Natural Gas
Share the WarmthPiedmont matches contributions from customers and employees. Funds are used to help with any type of heating bill – gas, propane, oil, electricity, coal, kerosene or wood. The program is administered by local social service agencies.


Progress Energy
Energy Neighbor Fund: The project receives support from employees, customers, churches and civic organizations. Employee and customer campaigns help raise funds for the Energy Neighbor Fund each fall, and the Progress Energy Foundation provides $250,000 in matching funds. Call 919-508-5400 (Raleigh area) or 1-800-452-2777 (outside Raleigh area).


South Carolina Electric & Gas Co.
Project Share: Through contributions to Project Share, SCE&G employees and customers provide assistance to low-income customers for winter heating bills, in extreme health-related cases, and summer bills. The Governor’s Office Division of Economic Opportunity administers the funds that are distributed through community action agencies and the Salvation Army. Call 1-800-251-7234.


Aiken Electric Cooperative
Operation Round Up: AEC members help provide food, shelter, clothing, healthcare and other services to those who need it the most. For more information, call your local Aiken Electric Cooperative Office:

  • Aiken: 649-6245
  • Edgefield: 637-3189 or 593-4457
  • New Ellenton: 652-2226
  • North: 247-2121
  • Toll free: 1-800-922-1262
  • Email:


Fairfield Electric Cooperative
Operation RoundUp: FEC members join together to help neighbors facing crises. Funds address needs such as food, clothing, shelter, health care and other community services. Call 803-754-0153, 803-635-4621 or 1-800-628-0336.


Mid-Carolina Electric Cooperative
Operation RoundUp: MCEC members join together to help neighbors facing crises. Funds address needs such as food, clothing, shelter, health care and other community services. Call 749-6555 or 1-888-813-8000.


Palmetto Electric Cooperative
Operation RoundUp: A project which rounds up customers’ charges to the nearest dollar and donates the difference to charities, needy individuals, and service organizations.

  • Hampton: 1-803-943-2211
  • Hilton Head: 1-843-681-5551
  • New River: 1-843-208-5551
  • Ridgeland: 1-843-726-5551
  • 1-800-922-5551


Pee Dee Electric Cooperative
Operation Round-Up: Provides funding for individuals in need and non-profit organizations and projects throughout the Pee Dee region. To apply for assistance, download an application from the website. Call 843-665-4070.


York Electric Cooperative
Operation RoundUpMember donations help raise money for people in need. Funds address needs such as food, clothing, shelter, health care and other community services. Call 803-684-4247 or 803-548-4244.


State utility resource information provided by the LIHEAP Clearinghouse, a service of the U.S. Department of Heath and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families.


State LIHEAP Contacts

Public Inquiries: 803-734-0662

LIHEAP Administering Agency Contacts
List of Contacts

Weatherization Assistance Program
List of Administering Agency Contacts

South Carolina Delegation

District 1 – Mark Sanford (R)
District 2 – Joe Wilson (R)
District 3 – Jeff Duncan (R)
District 4 – Trey Gowdy (R)
District 5 – Mick Mulvaney (R)
District 6 – James E. Clyburn (D)
District 7- Tom Rice (R)
Lindsey Graham (R)
Tim Scott (R)

South Carolina State Plan

2014 detailed draft State Plan


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