Ameren Illinois President Richard Mark announced today that the company has donated $40,000 to the Embarras River Basin Agency to help customers with their energy bills. Grants of up to $500 will be available to local residents who meet income-eligibility guidelines.
“Many customers, particularly those in lower-income areas, are seeking relief to pay their energy bills,” Mark said. “Ameren Illinois is committed to serving the community and that’s why we’re partnering with local social service agencies to provide relief to those who need it the most.”
Embarras River Basin Agency will use this grant to help households who are between 0 percent and 150 percent of the 2015 Federal Poverty Guidelines. Households may receive the energy grants that will be applied to their Ameren Illinois account. For more information, call the Embarras River Basin Agency, 217-923-3113.
Qualifiers are based on 30-day income and the number of people in a household. Financial eligibily is as follows:
2015 Federal Poverty (30-day)
Family Size 150%
The grant to Embarras River Basin Agency is part of a total of $1 million in energy assistance that Ameren Illinois is awarding to 26 agencies across its service territory. Through its Ameren Cares program, Ameren Illinois is investing in non-profit organizations and mobilizing its employees to support local charitable causes. In 2015, Ameren Illinois donated $1 million to military families, seniors, low-income customers, and social service organizations to help them offset their energy costs.
The company also offers several programs to help customers with bill payment and financial support, including Warm Neighbors Cool Friends, Energy Efficiency incentives, and Budget Billing.