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    Energy Assistance Program

    Serving residents of Crow Wing County
     Energy Assistance, funded by the State of Minnesota, provides an important resource to help income-eligible households manage their utility bills.

    Tri-County Community Action is our partner in providing weatherization assistance.

  • Energy Assistance can help manage household utilities by:

    • Authorizing a primary grant for the heating season
    • Helping you manage an unexpected utility crisis
    • Setting up a reasonable payment plan and helping you negotiate with your utility vendor
    • Providing financial assistance for furnace repair or replacement
    • Providing referrals to weatherization services
    • Providing referrals to other community-based organizations


    Homeowners and renters are eligible, and all fuel types qualify, even self-cut wood. Applications are accepted October through July 1, 2016. Eligibility is determined via a written application. Households that have been on the program automatically receive a new application in the fall.

    2015-2016 Income Guidelines

    Energy Assistance guidelines are based on 50% SMI or 110% of federal poverty guidelines, whichever is greater.

    Energy Assistance Program
    3 Month Income Guidelines
    Weatherization Program
    3 Month Income Guidelines
    1 $5,987 $5,987
    2 $7,829 $8,010
    3 $9,671 $10,080
    4 $11,514 $12,150
    5 $13,356 $14,220
    6 $15,198  

    Proof of GROSS income for the past three months is required for all household members except wages for children K-12.

    Income is verified for a 3 month period prior to application as follows.

    Applications Signed in the Month of: Gross Income Verified for Months of:
    August 2015 May, June July 2015
    September 2015 June, July, August 2015
    October 2015 July, August, September 2015
    November 2015 August, September, October 2015
    December 2015 September, October, November 2015
    January 2016 October, November, December 2015
    February 2016 November, December 2015, January 2016
    March 2016 December 2015, January, February 2016
    April 2016 January, February, March 2016
    May 2016 February, March, April 2016
    June 2016 March, April, May 2016
    July 2016 April, May, June 2016



    Our program has ended for the 2015-2016 season. We will post the 2016-2017 application once it's available.

    To apply, fill out the application. Mail or drop off completed applications at the address listed below. If you have questions or need assistance, please contact:

    Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota
    716 E Street
    Brainerd, MN 56401
    Phone: 218.829.5000 or 1.800.829.5902
    Fax: 218.829.9726

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