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Nicor Gas Sharing Program

One-time annual grants are given, with no requirement to be paid back, to qualified residential customers who meet the required income guidelines. The Nicor Gas Sharing Program is administered by the Salvation Army and funded through direct contributions from Nicor Gas' customers and employees. 

Eligibility and How to Apply

To apply, visit your local Salvation Army office in person. We recommend you call ahead to make an appointment and to find out about the paperwork you'll need to take along.

If you're approved for a Sharing Grant, the Salvation Army will make payments to Nicor Gas on your behalf.

Eligible customers can receive a Sharing Grant up to $350 or $400 based on the overall account balance on the account. Elements of the Nicor Gas Sharing Program differ depending on age, so please view the appropriate Q&A for detailed information below.

Crisis Situations

Sharing grants will be available for eligible customers who meet the guidelines for the following situations:

  • For Crisis Situations it will require company approval and customers must meet income guidelines of 150% to 300% of Federal Poverty Level (FPL). Crisis situations could include:
    • Customer with an inactive account, where grant amount will cover entire balance for reconnection of service. (Forms of payment will be required)
    • An increase of medical expenses that prohibits a customer to pay his/her bill. Account must be active or grant amount is enough to reinstate service if account is inactive.
      Loss of full-time income from spouse due to death or divorce. (To also include loss of job based regular household income)


Veterans

For Veterans they must provide the following information.

  • Must show military papers 
  • Must meet income guidelines up to 300% of Federal Poverty Level (FPL)
  • Gas bill must be in the applicants name
  • Must have a picture ID
  • Maximum grant amount up to $200.00
  • Can receive a LIHEAP grant and still be eligible
  • A good faith payment is not required
  • Customer cannot receive both Veteran Grant and a regular Sharing Grant

Nicor Gas 2019-2020 Sharing Program Income Guidelines

To qualify for a Sharing grant, your income must fall between these amounts:

Family Size

Minimum Gross Monthly Income  200%

Maximum Gross Monthly Income 250%

Maximum Gross Monthly Income 300% 

1

$2,128

$2,658

$3,190

2

$2,874

$3,592

$4,310

3

$3,621

$4,525

$5,430

4

$4,368

$5,458

$6,550

5

$5,114

$6,392

$7,670

6

$5,861

$7,325    

$8,790

7

$6,608

$8,258

$9,910

8

$7,354

$9,192

$11,030

* Total amount earned before taxes and deductions.

*For families/households with more than 8 persons under 18, add $540.00 for each additional persons.

Salvation Army Offices & Other Application Locations

Locations

437 E. Galena Blvd.
Aurora, IL 60505
630.897.7265

300 3rd Ave.
Joliet, IL 60433
815.726.4834

422 S. Main St.
Belvidere, IL 61008
815.544.3892

148 N. Harrison Ave.
Kankakee, IL 60901
815.933.8421

601 W. Washington St
Bloomington, IL 61701
309.829.7399, ext. 318

8354 W. Foster Ave.
Norridge, IL 60706
708.456.6220

2900 W 127th St, 
Blue Island, IL 60406
708.332.0100

516 W. Madison St.
Ottawa, IL 61350
815.433.5890

2337 S. Laramie Ave.
Cicero, IL 60804
708.222.0177

112 N. Division St.
Pontiac, IL 61764
815.844.5005

290 W. Crystal Lake Ave.
Crystal Lake, IL 60014
815.455.2769

501 Broadway St. 
Quincy, IL 62301
217.222.2087

830 Grove St.
DeKalb, IL 60115
815.756.4308

Social Services Department
416 S. Madison St.
Rockford, IL 61104
815.972.1135

316 Douglas Ave.
Elgin, IL 60120
847.741.2304, ext. 13

409 Avenue F
Sterling, IL 61081
815.625.1622

1403 Sherman Ave.
Evanston, IL 60201
847.866.9770

126 S. Bloomington St. 
Streator, IL 61364
815.672.2746

106 W. Exchange St.
Freeport, IL 61032
815.235.7639

1 S. 415 Summit St.
Villa Park, IL 60181
630.629.3044

690 W Dempster St.
Des Plaines, IL 60016
847.981.9111

850 S. Green Bay Rd.
Waukegan, IL 60085
847.336.1880

1710 S. 7th Ave.
St. Charles, 60174
630.377.2769, ext. 209

502 N Prospect Ave.
Champaign, IL 61820
217.373.7832, ext. 24

Sharing Grant Offices

Village of Arlington Heights
Health Department
33 S. Arlington Heights Rd.
Arlington Heights, IL 60005
847.368.5000

Freemont Township
22376 W Erhard Rd. Route 
Mundelein, IL 60060
847.223.2848

Cuba Township
28000 W. Cuba Rd.
Barrington, IL 60010
847.381.1924

Prevail 
848 Lake St.
Oak Park, IL 60301 (Located in the basement)
708.386.1946 press 3

Elk Grove Township
2400 S Arlighton Heights Road
Arlington Heights, IL 60005
847.437.0300, ext. 114

Rock River Center
Senior Services, Inc.
810 S 10th St.
Oregon, IL 61061 
815.732.3252

Health & Human Services
1900 Hassell Rd.
Hoffman Estates, IL 60169
847.843.4850

Palatine Township
721 S. Quentin Rd. #101
Palatine, IL 60067
847.991.1184

Bloom Township
425 S. Halsted St.
Chicago Heights, IL 60411
708.754.9400

Thornton Township
333 East 162nd St.
South Hollands, IL 60473
708.596.6040, ext. 2020

Office of Citizen's Services
3450 W 97th St.
Evergreen Park, IL 60805
708.422.8776

Avon Township
433 E. Washington St.
Round Lake Park, IL 60073
847.546.2146

Southland Ministerial Health Network
15406 Lexington Ave.
Harvey, IL 60426
708.596.9673

Together We Cope
17010 S. Oak Park Ave.
Tinley Park, IL 60477
708.633.5040, ext. 24

Monee Township
26121 Egyptian Trail
Monee, IL 60449
708.534.6020

Hanover Township
7431 Astor Ave.
Hanover Park, IL 60133
630.540.9085

Kendall/Grundy Community Services
111 East Washington St., Room 21
Morris, IL 60450
815.941.3262

Kuzma Care Cottage
635 S. Main St
Wilmington, IL 60481
815.476.2030

Proviso Township
4565 Harrison St.
Hillside, IL 60162
708.449.4307

Kendall County Human Services
811 W. John St.
Yorkville, IL 60560
630.553.9100

McHenry Township
37603 N Richmond Rd.
Johnsburg, IL 60050
815.385.5605, ext. 112

Vision of Restoration Inc.
1221 Madison St.
Maywood, IL 60153
708.344.3774

We Care of Grundy County
530 Bedford Rd.
Morris, IL 60450
815.942.6389

Naperville township
139 Water St.
Naperville, IL 60540
630.355.2786

Orland Township
14807 Ravinia Ave.
Orland Park, IL 60462 
708.403.4222

Plainfield Township
22525 W Lockport St.
Plainfield, IL 60544
815.436.8308

Troy Township
25448 Seil Rd.
Shorewood, IL 60404
815.744.1963

First Baptist Church
3001 W 9th St.
Winthrop Harbor, IL 60096 
847.872.5312

Dorr Township
1039 Lake Ave.
Woodstock, IL 60098
815.338.0125

Lemont Township
1115 Warner Ave.
Lemont, IL 60439
630.257.2522

Victory Christian Assembly Church
2901 W 159th St.
Markham, IL 60428
708.596.9673

Outreach Community Ministries
28W542 Batavia Rd.
Warrenville, IL 60555
630.836.0881

 

In addition, you can apply for a Sharing Grant at any of these offices between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Q&A For Customers 65 and Over, including disabled customers 65 and over

What are the changes to the Sharing Program?

Approved customers ages 65 and over may receive a grant up to $400 based on the overall account balance. If the customers balance is less than the maximum grant, they will receive the amount owed. A minimum grant of $125 will be applied if the overall account balance is less than that amount.

How does the Sharing Grant work?

Step 1: Customers will have made a good faith payment of $25 within the last 60 days.
Step 2: If you meet the criteria and your completed application is approved, you may receive a grant of up to $400, depending on your age.

I don't have any money to contribute to paying down my balance. Can I still receive a Sharing grant?

Yes. If you made a $25 good faith payment within the past 60 days, meet the eligibility guidelines and your completed application is approved, you may receive a grant of up to $400.

Can you help me calculate exactly how much I could receive from a Sharing grant?

Unfortunately, no. The Salvation Army administers the Sharing Program, and they will be able to assist you. 

How do I qualify?

The Salvation Army administers the Sharing Program and determines if you are eligible. However, you must:

  • Be a residential heating customer of Nicor Gas with a payment due. 
  • Be ineligible for state or federal energy assistance programs. 
  • Have an annual gross income above 150 percent but not exceeding 250 percent of the federally established poverty level.
  • Customer will have had to make a good faith payment of $25 within the last 60 days.

How do I apply?

You must apply in person at your local Salvation Army office. We recommend you call ahead to make an appointment and to find out about the paperwork you'll need to take along.

Can I apply for more than one Sharing grant, or can my spouse also apply?

No, only one Sharing grant is awarded per qualifying family. You can apply for a Sharing grant once per year.

Q&A for Customers Under 65, including disabled customers under 65

What are the changes to the Sharing Program?

Approved customers under age 65 may receive a grant up to $350 based on the overall account balance. If the customers balance is less than the maximum grant, they will receive the amount owed. For disabled customers only, a minimum grant of $125 will be applied if the overall account balance is less than that amount.

How does the Sharing Grant work?

Step 1: Customers will have to make a good faith payment of $25 within the last 60 days.
Step 2: If you meet the criteria and your completed application is approved, you may receive a grant of up to $350.

I don't have any money to contribute to paying down my balance. Can I still receive a Sharing grant?

Yes. If you made a $25 good faith payment within the last 60 days, meet the eligibility guidelines and your completed application is approved, you may receive a grant up to $350 depending on your age.

Can you help me calculate exactly how much I could receive from a Sharing grant?

Based on eligibility you can receive up to $450 if approved, any credit remaining on the account will be used towards future bills. The Salvation Army administers the Sharing Program, and they will be able to assist you (see Salvation Army Offices locations above for more information).

How do I qualify?

The Salvation Army administers the Sharing Program and determines if you are eligible. However, you must:

  • Be a residential heating customer of Nicor Gas 
  • Be ineligible for state or federal energy assistance programs, with the exception of Veterans 
  • Have an annual gross income above 150 percent but not exceeding 250 percent of the federally established poverty level. Crisis and Veterans range between 150 percent to 300 percent of the federally established poverty level (see Income Guidelines above). 

How do I apply?

You must apply in person at your local Salvation Army office (see locations above). We recommend you call ahead to make an appointment and to find out about the paperwork you'll need to take along.

Can I apply for more than one Sharing grant, or can my spouse also apply?

No, only one Sharing grant is awarded per qualifying family. You can apply for a Sharing grant once per year.