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Low Income Energy Assistance Program

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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. The application deadline has been extended to July 1

  2. Income eligibility is based on the last month only (not a whole year)

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


Energy Assistance Program (EAP) facts

  • Renters and homeowners are eligible
  • Assets such as the home are not considered in determining eligibility
  • Grants range from $200 to $1,400, based on household size, income, and fuel cost
  • The average grant is about $500
  • In addition to the initial grant, additional Crisis funds are available to:
    • Help pay a past due bill or get an emergency fuel delivery
    • Help homeowners get their broken furnace repaired or replaced

Are you eligible?

Household Size Past 1 month maximum income
1 $2,253
2 $2,947
3 $3,641
4 $4,334
5 $5,028
6 $5,721

How to apply for the Energy Assistance Program

29 local EAP service providers including 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


Downloads about Energy Assistance Program

Energy Assistance Program Facts during COVID-19
EAP Flier - English
EAP flier - Spanish
EAP flier - Somali
EAP flier - Hmong

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.