With cold weather lingering into spring, Gov. Tom Corbett is extending assistance to residents who are struggling to pay their heating bills.

Corbett announced Tuesday that the deadline to apply for help through the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program -- LIHEAP -- has been extended to April 18.

The original deadline to apply for the federally funded program was April 4.

“Pennsylvania has had a difficult winter, and programs like LIHEAP have helped our most vulnerable households to endure the cold temperatures,” Corbett said. “By providing this extension, our Department of Public Welfare is able to give individuals additional time to apply for home heating assistance so they can keep warm for the remainder of the season.”

Since the beginning of the LIHEAP season on Nov. 4, the state has processed around 357,000 applications for cash assistance to help low-income households pay for home heating fuel.

In addition, more than 107,000 crisis grants have been approved. These grants assist with heating emergencies such as a furnace failure or unexpected fuel shortages.

Low-income households can apply for a LIHEAP grant online.