Recipients will receive either the weekly rate or two lump payments.
Just over 20,000 households in the midlands are to begin receiving this year's fuel allowance payments from this week.
7,289 homes in Westmeath will benefit, 6,752 in Offaly, and 5,977 in Laois.
Roughly 370,000 households are eligible to get the means-tested payment over 28 weeks.
A total of €292 million will be paid out.
Recipients will receive either the weekly rate of €28 or two lump payments of €392 each.
New applicants are being advised to apply immediately, while those who remain eligible from last year will receive the payment automatically.