Delaware Energy Assistance Program (DEAP) provides one-time assistance to income eligible households to help them meet their home energy needs.
DEAP benefit is based on the household’s income, size, and type of fuel. Income eligibility is defined as 200% of the federal poverty level.
DEAP, also known as LIHEAP, offers the following supports to eligible households:
The Fuel Assistance Program
The Fuel Assistance Program provides home heating assistance for low income families who need help paying winter energy bills.
DEAP does not pay for all heating costs. Eligible households, both homeowners and renters, receive one annual benefit.
The Energy Crisis Intervention Program
The Energy Crisis Intervention Program is available to eligible households in an emergency situation (i.e., shut-off notice, out of fuel, no money to pay for fuel).
This supplemental benefit can be in addition to the regular fuel assistance benefit — up to a maximum of $500.
The Summer Cooling Assistance Program
The Summer Cooling Assistance Program helps low-income families by paying a portion of summer electric bills.
Eligible households receive one annual benefit. The program operates from June through August if funds are available.
As DEAP is administered by Catholic Charities, Inc., applicants should call their local office to find out where and how to apply for assistance.
- Kent County
- New Castle County
- Sussex County
For additional information about LIHEAP, visit
Delaware Energy Assistance Program
Households eligible for DEAP may also qualify for home weatherization improvements through the Delaware Weatherization Assistance Program, also administered by Catholic Charities, Inc. WAP operates year round with a waiting list.