Many Vermonters will receive a surprise gift of warmth this winter.  While thousands of Vermont families receive fuel assistance through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, there are many Vermonters that don’t qualify but still need help. These families can receive donations of heating oil, kerosene, or propane  from the Split the Ticket Fund, a Vermont based 501c3 non-profit organization.

This innovative program matches cash donations with donations of heating oil, kerosene and propane from Vermont’s fuel providers. The delivery ticket is split 50/50 with the fuel company. Every $1 donated buys $2 worth of heating oil, kerosene, or propane. Vermont’s heating fuel and service providers are mostly small, family-owned businesses. They are often the first to hear about and respond to a heating emergency. This program gives them, as well as local businesses, organizations and individuals, the opportunity to provide a gift of warmth.

Those receiving a gift of warmth are nominated by someone in the community. This year the need is not only for fuel but to repair or replace fuel tanks in order to comply with Vermont’s AST regulations. The Split Fund will provide the same 50% match (up to $500) with heating service providers that donate labor and materials.

The Fine Print: Fuel dealers that participate in VFDA’s Split the Ticket program agree to donate a delivery of heating oil, kerosene, or propane to one of their customers. No minimum delivery. The Split the Ticket Fund will pay for 50% of the cost of the delivered fuel, up to 200 gallons. Payment will be provided after receipt of delivery ticket and a brief description of why the recipient was selected. Payments are distributed on a first come, first served basis. If the funds are exhausted before all pledged gallons are delivered, the dealer agrees to make the delivery without the 50% match. If there are any funds remaining after all pledges have been delivered, dealers will have an opportunity to make a second donation to another recipient. Donations may also be used to provide heating equipment, tank replacement or repairs with the same 50% match, up to $500 per company, as funds allow.  The Split the Ticket Fund is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. (EIN #: 81-3251592).  Financial contributions are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

More information?  Send us an email at or call 802-223-7750.

Click here to make a financial contribution to the Split Fund.

Click here to pledge a delivery of oilheat, kerosene or propane.

Click here to nominate someone for a donation of fuel.