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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 May of each year. Eligibility is determined via a written application. Households that have been on the program automatically receive a new application in the fall.

    2014-2015 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 $5,838 $5,835
    2 $7,635 $7,865
    3 $9,431 $9,895
    4 $11,228 $11,925
    5 $13,024 $13,955
    6 $14,821  

    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 2014 May, June July 2014
    September 2014 June, July, August 2014
    October 2014 July, August, September 2014
    November 2014 August, September, October 2014
    December 2014 September, October, November 2014
    January 2015 October, November, December 2014
    February 2015 November, Devember 2014, January 2015
    March 2015 December 2014, January, February 2015
    April 2015 January, February, March 2015
    May 2015 February, March, April 2015


    2014-2015 Application and Instructions >



    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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