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Serving Residents of Crow Wing County

The Energy Assistance Program (EAP) is an important resource to help income-eligible households manage their utility bills.

Tri-County Community Action (TCC)  is our partner in providing weatherization assistance. For more information on weatherization, please refer to the Minnesota Weatherization Assistance Program website.

COVID-19 Update: Your Safety Is Important to Us!

In response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus), Energy Assistance is modifying how we are delivering our service to the public. Lutheran Social Service East Brainerd Office is now closed to the public, to ensure your safety and the safety of our staff. Energy Assistance will still be operating Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., via phone, drop box, mail, email and/or fax. We will also continue to have staff on-call on the weekends for emergency situations.

Energy Assistance Program Facts

  • Renters and homeowners are eligible.
  • Assets such as the home are not considered in determining eligibility.
  • Grants range from $300 - $1,600, based on household size, income, and fuel cost
  • The average grant is about $500
  • In addition to the initial grant, additional crisis funds are available to:
    • Help pay a past due bill or get an emergency fuel delivery
    • Help homeowners get their broken furnace repaired or replaced

Submitting an Application or Additional Documents

If you have an application or additional documents that need to be turned in, we ask that you use one of the following methods:

  • Phone: 218.829.5000 (press 1 for Energy Assistance)
    • Request for application
    • If you have questions about the program or if the request for information that you received can be answered over the phone.
  • Drop box: A drop box is located on the backside of the East Brainerd Mall (716 E St, Brainerd, MN)
    • Blank applications are available next to the drop box
    • Any new application, request for additional documents or other information can be put in here.
  • Mail: 716 E St, Brainerd, MN 56401
  • Email: If you can scan documents or information, send it to: energy@lssmn.org
    • Photos of documents do not always transmit clearly. For best results, use a scanner app if you are able. Some smart phones have a scanner already installed. Some additional scanner apps include:
      • Tiny Scanner (Android and iOS)
      • Scanner Pro (iOS)


Homeowners and renters are eligible, and all fuel types qualify – even self-cut wood. Applications are accepted September 2020 through September 1, 2021. Eligibility is determined via a written application. Households that have been on the program automatically receive a new application in the fall.

2020-2021 Income Guidelines

Energy Assistance guidelines are based on 60% SMI.

Household Size

Energy Assistance Program

3 Month Income Guidelines

1 $8,479
2 $11,088
3 $13,697
4 $16,307
5 $18,916
6 $21,525

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 Verification for the Month of

August 2020 May, June July 2020
September 2020 June, July, August 2020
October 2020 July, August, September 2020
November 2020 August, September, October 2020
December 2020 September, October, November 2020
January 2021 October, November, December 2020
February 2021 November, December 2020, January 2021
March 2021 December 2020, January, February 2021
April 2021 January, February, March 2021
May 2021 February, March, April 2021
June 2021 March, April, May 2021
July 2021 April, May, June 2021


View 2020-2021 Application PDF


Contact Us

To learn more, please contact us:

LSS Energy Assistance Program
716 E Street
Brainerd, MN 56401
Phone: 218.829.5000 | Toll Free: 800.829.5902


The Energy Assistance Program is funded by the State of Minnesota.

More information about the Energy Assistance Program and related topics


Energy Assistance (Crow Wing County)