Energy Assistance

At this time, EAP funds are unavailable. EAP may receive more federal funds in the next few months.

You should still apply for EAP even if we do not have funds to help you right now because:

  • It is possible you will receive EAP benefits if additional funds become available.
  • We may be able to refer you to other helpful services.
  • You may be eligible for the Weatherization Assistance (WAP) or Conservation Improvement (CIP) programs.
  • You may be eligible for other programs based on being EAP eligible, even if you do not get EAP benefits at this time.
  • You will automatically be sent an application for EAP next fall, making it easier for you to apply early when we have funds.

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 2017 assistance.

Maximum Eligible Income for Program Dates 10-01-2016 to 09-30-2017


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.

* Based on 50% of State Median Income or 110% of Federal Poverty, whichever is greater.

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:

  • 2016-2017 application period is October 1, 2016 to May 31, 2017.


English Application 2016-2017

Solicitud en Español 2016-2017

For more information:


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.