Help with bills

Low Income Energy Assistance Program

Help with utility bills


In these challenging times, Minnesotans may find themselves having to choose between paying their energy bill and other necessities — food, medicine and healthcare.

Minnesota’s Energy Assistance Program offers eligible residents help to pay their energy bills so they do not have to choose between life’s necessities. Since COVID-19, there have been some big changes in the Energy Assistance Program:

  1. Income eligibility is based on the last three months (not a whole year)

  2. The annual crisis maximum has increased to $1,200 instead of $600

  3. EAP can help households pay a past due bill, even without a shut-off notice

  4. EAP has enough funds & expects more from the American Rescue Plan


Energy Assistance Program (EAP) facts

  • It’s free!
  • The average grant is more than $1,000.
  • Local Energy Assistance Partners can help with your application!
  • Grants are based on household size and income, and on utility costs.
  • Up to $2,000 per household – for heat and power bills. See 2022 EAP income guidelines.
  • Can also pay off your entire past due water/wastewater bill!
  • It works if you use electricity, natural gas, propane, heating oil or biofuel. 
  • Renters and homeowners are eligible.
  • Emergency fuel delivery, and repairs or replacement of homeowners’ broken heating systems can be arranged.

Are you eligible?

Household Size Past 3 months maximum income
1 $8,809
2 $11,520
3 $14,230
4 $16,941
5 $19,651
6 $22,362

How to apply for the Energy Assistance Program

EAP service providers include Community Action Programs, counties, tribal governments, and non-profits serve all areas of the state. Households contact their local Energy Assistance Program (EAP) service provider to apply.

Find your provider in one of two ways:

  1. Call 1-800-657-3710 and enter zip code
  2. Browse online list of service providers by county or tribe

Utility Programs


Investor-owned utilities in Minnesota also provide support for low-income residents and those with special medical needs.

If your utility is not listed, we still recommend reaching out to them to ask about how they can help.