Financial Assistance

Child Only Grant- Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF)

  • Provides financial assistance in the form of cash to help families care for children who need help
  • Call of go the link below to find out more and apply for the grant

    Contact Info:

Low- Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

  • Financial assistance in paying energy/gas bills
  • Qualifications based on income level and sometimes age/disability. Call for more information and to set up an appointment

    Gilman Center Contact Info:
    210 North Central, Gilman, IL 60938
    (815) 265-4685

    Paxton Office Contact Info:
    1195 E. Pells, Paxton, IL 60957
    (217) 379-3863

    Danville Office Contact Info:
    (217) 554-9110- Services

State Disconnection Policies for Utility Shut Off for Illinois

  • Protection Dates: December 1- March 31 and Summer Months
  • Temperatures: 32°F and below or 95°F and above
  • Seasonal Policy: Total ban when <32°F. Utilities must offer payment plan of 10% down payment and equalized billing over the next 4 to 12 months. In summer months public utilities cannot turn off gas or electricity when it is the sole power source for the cooling if the forecast for the following 24 hours includes temperature at or above 95°F; includes master-meter buildings.
  • Other: LIHEAP beneficiaries with outstanding balances of less than $3,000 will pay the lesser value of $250 or 20 percent of their remaining balance to reactivate service. 30 day delay if physician certifies that disconnect would adversely affect the health of a household member. Customer is expected to enter into a payment plan.
  • Deferred Payments: Utility cannot disconnect during protection dates unless it has offered a deferred payment plan and informed the customer of available energy assistance funds.

    Contact Info:
    800-524-0795 or 217-782-2024 (outside Illinois)
    TTY: 800-858-9277
    Complaint form:

    More information on Energy Assistance Qualifications and How to Apply: