12/20/2011 12:24 EST | Updated 02/19/2012 05:12 EST

N.S. government donates $400,000 to heating help fund for the needy

HALIFAX - Nova Scotia is contributing $400,000 to a Salvation Army program that provides emergency home heating help to the needy.

The program helps low-income Nova Scotians with all forms of home heating, including firewood, coal, oil, propane and electricity.

Last year, almost 2,000 people requested help through the Good Neighbour Energy Fund.

The program offers credits that are applied to a resident's account with an energy supplier.

It runs from January to April and application forms will be available next month at the Salvation Army website or at Salvation Army churches and thrift stores.