Newport Utilities announced Thursday it has partnered with the Tennessee Valley Authority to award $20,000 to Douglas-Cherokee Economic Authority, Inc. to help the local community during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.

Through its Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, DCEA provides assistance with home heating and cooling needs and is open to all households that meet income guidelines.

Funding from Newport Utilities will be matched by TVA’s COVID-19 Community Care Fund, which helps local power companies meet immediate needs in their community by providing matching funds.