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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. For more information on weatherization, please refer to the Minnesota Weatherization Assistance Program website.

  • 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 May 31, 2017. Eligibility is determined via a written application. Households that have been on the program automatically receive a new application in the fall.

    2016-2017 Income Guidelines

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

    Household Size Energy Assistance Program
    3 Month Income Guidelines
    1 $6,135
    2 $8,023
    3 $9,910
    4 $11,798
    5 $13,686
    6 $15,574

    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 2016 May, June July 2016
    September 2016 June, July, August 2016
    October 2016 July, August, September 2016
    November 2016 August, September, October 2016
    December 2016 September, October, November 2016
    January 2017 October, November, December 2016
    February 2017 November, December 2016, January 2017
    March 2017 December 2016, January, February 2017
    April 2017 January, February, March 2017
    May 2017 February, March, April 2017
    June 2017 March, April, May 2017
    July 2017 April, May, June 2017



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    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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