ENERGY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (EAP)

Applications for the 2022-2023 winter heating season are available!

CAP Agency’s Energy Assistance Program (EAP) helps eligible households with energy bill payment assistance, home energy crisis intervention, outreach, energy advocacy, information about utility consumer rights, and referrals.

Please note that primary heat and crisis grants are significantly lower than previous seasons and income eligibility requirements have also been lowered. Applications will be approved based on current income guidelines and not on previous eligibility. Call  (651) 322 – 3500 for questions about eligibility or to receive an application. 

Getting Started

Energy Assistance provides funds to help pay costs associated with heat and electricity. Funds are sent directly to the vendor.

Eligibility

An Energy Assistance application is used for determining eligibility. Households must apply by May 31, 2023 to receive assistance. Households must occupy the residence to which the Energy Assistance benefits are being applied, and meet the household income guidelines.

2022-2023 Income Eligibility Guidelines

Please be prepared to provide name, birthdate, and social security numbers for all household members. You must also include account numbers for all household utilities. PLEASE REMEMBER TO SIGN AND DATE YOUR APPLICATION. 

Household Size Three Month Maximum Annual Income
1 $7,643 $30,572
2 $9,994 $39,979
3 $12,346 $49,386
4 $14,698 $58,793
5 $17,050 $68,200
6 $19,401 $77,607


How do I apply?

For larger household guidelines, visit: http://mn.gov/commerce/consumers/consumer-assistance/energy-assistance/#guidelines

Applications for Energy Assistance are accepted from October 1, 2022 to May 31, 2023. Applications for the 2022-2023 Energy Assistance will be mailed to households who previously received Energy Assistance. Households who have not previously applied for Energy Assistance can request or print Energy Assistance applications below.

Please note that crisis grants are significantly lower than previous seasons and income eligibility requirements have been raised. Applications will be approved based on current income guidelines and not on previous eligibility. 

You are required to submit the following:

  • Fully completed application
  • Provide three months’ proof of any and all household income (pay stubs showing wages, benefit award letter for Social Security, etc). Please see the instruction form with the Energy Assistance Application.
  • If you receive cash assistance (MFIP or General Assistance) or if you are on unemployment during the 6 months prior to date of application, you will be required to provide documentation going back 6 months to determine eligibility. 

Energy Related Repair (ERR)

ERR funds are available to help correct “no heat” or malfunctioning heating systems for owner-occupied homes. Individuals must be eligible for Energy Assistance. Please call 651-322-3500 option 1 for more information.

Energy Crisis Assistance

For those who currently receive Energy Assistance, Energy Crisis Assistance is available for emergency situations, such as disconnection or shut-offs notice, past due balances, or delivery of fuel for tanks with less than 20% capacity. Please call 651-322-3500 (option 1) for more information.

Please Note: 

We process applications in the order that they are received and it may take up to 90 days. During that time, contact your energy provider to schedule a reasonable payment plan.

If you are facing a disconnection or are already disconnected, please call 651-322-3500 (option 1).

New EAP Podcast!

Energy Assistance is pleased to announce a new self-sufficiency podcast! Its foundation is based in energy conservation, money management tools, and family and food pantry-friendly recipes.

Click here to visit the EAP podcast website!

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