Operation Fuel intake sites are currently accepting energy assistance applications. Visit our fuel bank finder here or call 211 to find an intake site near you.

Our Mission

Operation Fuel ensures equitable access to energy for all by providing year-round energy assistance, promoting energy independence, and advocating for affordable energy.

Our History

During the late 1970’s, a world-wide oil embargo caused an escalation in home energy costs. Despite the best efforts of state and federal government energy programs, the working-poor of Connecticut were still struggling to meet their energy needs and provide food and shelter for their families. In 1977, then Governor Ella Grasso, Father Thomas Lynch and leaders in the banking, insurance, and utility industries created a temporary crisis intervention program and named it Operation Fuel. The mission they gave to this new organization was to raise and provide funding to the families in our state who were falling through the gaps.

Now more than 40 years later, Operation Fuel is still devoted to caring for the most vulnerable members of Connecticut’s population. We are devoted to responding to the energy needs of the communities we operate in and to providing warmth and light on the coldest, darkest nights of the year.

Our Programs

  • Residential

    Operation Fuel provides a one-time grant of up to $500.00 to assist families with their energy bills.

    Operation Fuel is energy blind, meaning we assist with all energy types – oil, electric, natural gas, kerosene, wood, propane, pellets, and other energy sources.

    If your grant is being applied to an electric or gas utility bill, Operation Fuel’s grant can be used to prevent a shutoff or restore utility service.

  • Homeless Intervention and Prevention Program (HIPP)

    Operation Fuel collaborates with agencies whose mission is to work with the homeless population of Connecticut.

    These agencies provide case management support and services to individuals and families that are homeless and are faced with complex economic and social issues.

    Operation Fuel’s grant is used to assist applicants with past utility arrearage to support the transition into housing from a shelter.