HARTFORD, Conn. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy on Saturday was reminding residents of the state who need help paying winter heating bills that there is still time to apply for federal energy assistance benefits.

Malloy said even with federal budget cuts, there should be enough money available to serve all residents in the state eligible for the Connecticut Energy Assistance Program.

The deadline for applying is May 1, although households heating with oil, kerosene or propane are encouraged to apply by March 15 to be able to access full benefits.

Nearly 100,000 applications have been received so far this winter, with over 82,000 households approved for basic benefits of up to $575.

Eligibility is based on household size, income and liquid assets.

In addition to calling 211, the public can get information on eligibility requirements and benefits by visiting www.ct.gov/staywarm.

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