Grant cash accessible to assist pay overdue utility payments

COLCHESTER, Vt. (AP) – Vermont’s largest utility company is reminding customers that they can apply for grant funds to catch up overdue utility bills related to the pandemic.

A total of $ 55 million in free grants is available to help renters, homeowners, businesses and farms pay overdue utility bills related to the pandemic, Green Mountain Power said in a written statement Tuesday.

“More than 20,000 GMP customers have been delayed with their accounts for at least two months during the pandemic, but only about 2,000 have applied for these new aid programs,” said Steve Costello, a GMP vice president.

The Vermont Department of Public Service is accepting grant applications through October 25th. The non-repayable money can be used for overdue bills for landline phones, electricity, natural gas and water, the utility said.

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