Energy Assistance

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

This help is for people of all ages with varying sources of income. Home owners and renters who meet the income guidelines can get help.

Contact our office to have an application sent to you or download an application here in English or Spanish.

You can apply anytime between today and May 31, 2018.

You should apply for help before you get a past due bill or run out of fuel. The program will not pay all of your heat or electric costs. You will need to make payments on your monthly bills also.

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:

  • Financial aid to pay a portion of heating costs.
  • Crisis intervention for threat of or no heat situations.
  • Energy Related Repair for home heating system repair or replacement
  • Referral to Weatherization and other human service providers.

Eligibility Guidelines

Use chart below to find out if you are eligible for Federal Fiscal Year 2018 assistance.

Maximum Eligible Income for Program Dates 10-01-2017 to 9/30/2018

1 $6,250
2 $8,173
3 $10,096
4 $12,019
5 $13,942
6 $15,865
7 $16,226
8 $16,586
9 $16,947
10 $17,307

The Minnesota Energy Assistance Program uses the past 3 months of household income prior to signing the application and/or last year's federal tax forms for self-employment income for making eligibility determination.

Purpose of Program - Outcome for clients:

To assist income eligible clients with their heating and/or electric costs. Service provided includes: monetary grant paid directly to clients heating and or electric accounts.


Income eligible client who completes application.


Any home owner or renter with a heating and or electric bill, living in Goodhue, Olmsted, Rice, or Wabasha counties.


Applications can be sent out via mail or can be downloaded from this website.

Time Frame:

  • 2017-2018 application period is October 1, 2017 to May 31, 2018.


English Application 2017-2018

Solicitud en Español 2017-2018

For more information:

507-732-8554 or 800-277-8418 Extension 154

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.