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How It Works

Why Is Chesapeake Sharing?

The SHARING fund, also known as the Chesapeake Emergency Energy Recipient Program (CHEERP), better known as Chesapeake Sharing, was incorporated in 1983. In the past 10 years, more than 2,000 grants totaling almost $500,000 have been distributed by the SHARING program.

Chesapeake Utilities Corporation created the SHARING fund with donations provided by customers, employees, the community and Chesapeake Utilities Corporation to ensure that the elderly, ill and those facing financial hardship are not forgotten during the cold winter months when energy bills are at their peak.

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What Type of Help is Available?

Grants are available to income eligible customers of Chesapeake Utilities, Sandpiper Energy and Sharp Energy with additional amounts available to those over the age of 60. In addition, the SHARING program offers additional grants for appliance purchases or repair, the recently unemployed, and customers who are in need due to serious illness or a family tragedy. Additional grants are available for Energy Conservation which include grants for purchasing programmable thermostats or reimbursements for energy audits performed by a BPI approved auditor.

Who is Eligible for Assistance?

SHARING grants are available for all eligible customers of Chesapeake Utilities, Sandpiper Energy and Sharp Energy living on Delmarva. Applications for the grants are available through Catholic Charities in Kent and New Castle Counties in Delaware (302.674.1782), Sussex County, Delaware (302.856.9578, ext. 1) and Shore-Up! in Maryland (410.749.1142).

What Can You Do to Help?

You can help your neighbors in need by making a donation to the SHARING program. Your tax-deductible contribution to the SHARING program will help keep needy families warm in winter. To make a donation, Donate Now, or download and complete the SHARING Donation Form, enclose your donation (no cash please), and mail to:


Chesapeake Utilities
500 Energy Lane
Dover, DE 19901

On behalf of the volunteers who administer the SHARING program as well as those who receive funding, we thank you for your thoughtfulness.