The Energy Assistance Program is Now Accepting Applications

The application period for the 2023-2024 Energy Assistance program year has begun. All applications received or postmarked by May 31, 2024 will be processed.

You can now apply for Energy Assistance online through the Minnesota Department of Commerce. Just use the link below, register and complete your application.

Please note that water assistance is not available for this program year.

Energy Assistance Available to Help Pay Heat & Electric Bills

During this time of uncertainty, more and more people may be facing economic hardship. If your household or someone you know is worried about paying for heat and electric bills, apply for Energy Assistance (EAP).

Energy Assistance is a federal program designed to help pay heating and electricity costs. Assistance is available because people with lower incomes might have a difficult time paying all of their bills and people must have heat and electricity in the winter in Minnesota.

Homeowners may also be eligible for heating system repairs or replacement.

This help is for people of all ages with varying sources of income. Homeowners and renters who meet the income guidelines can get help. You should apply for help before you get a past due bill or run out of fuel. This program will not pay all of your heat or electric costs. You will still need to make payments on your monthly bills to avoid disconnections, shut-offs or low fuel tanks.

Submit your application by:

  1. Completing the online application at www.mn.gov
  2. Dropping it off in one of our offices or dropboxes; or
  3. Emailing it to energyassistance@threeriverscap.org
  4. Faxing it to (507) 258-5501; or
  5. Mailing it to: Three Rivers, 1414 Northstar Drive, Zumbrota, MN 55992

Eligibility Guidelines

The Minnesota Energy Assistance Program uses 1 month of household income prior to signing the application and/or last year’s federal tax forms for self-employment income for making eligibility determination. Household income cannot be more than these following income guidelines for one month:

To check on the status of your submitted application, please call (507) 316-0610.
We can also tell you about other help available and how to save energy. All information you give us is private.

The Energy Assistance Program (EAP) ensures that households with the lowest incomes and the highest energy costs receive the greatest benefit. EAP services include:

  • A grant to pay a portion of heating and/or electricity costs.
  • Crisis intervention for threat of or no heat situations.
  • Energy Related Repair for home heating system repair or replacement for homeowners.
  • Referral to Weatherization and other human service providers.
Household Size Maximum Income for One Month
1 $2,722
2 $3,559
3 $4,397
4 $5,235
5 $6,072
6 $6,910
7 $7,067
8 $7,224
9 $7,381
10 $7,538

Energy Information

A great source for energy information is the Minnesota Department of Commerce-Energy website.  Some of the topics on the web site include: Clean Energy, Conservation Improvement Programs, Energy Projects and Rates, Efficiency, and Financial Assistance.  The Information Resources page includes tips about how to save energy in your home, frequently asked questions on energy-related topics, and step-by-step guides to help you reduce the energy use in your home.

Funding for this program provided by Federal Low Income Home and Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Funds.

For more information:
(507) 316-0610 or 800-277-8418