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. A higher income eligibility, based on the last three months (not a whole year).

  2. The annual benefits maximum increased to $3,200.

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

  4. EAP received an additional $106 million in federal funds for the 2021-22 season.

 

Energy Assistance Program (EAP) facts

  • Helps people who own or rent their homes.
  • Covers current or past-due bills for electricity, gas, oil, biofuel, and propane.
  • Assists with water and sewer bills.
  • Available to cover emergency fuel delivery
  • Repair or replacement of homeowners' broken heating systems.
  • Grants are based on energy cost, household size, and income.

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

Downloads about Energy Assistance Program

EAP Flier - English
EAP flier - Español (Spanish)
EAP flier - Soomaali (Somali)
EAP flier - Hmoob (Hmong)
EAP flier - Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)

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.