Energy Assistance Program
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 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 September 2018 through May 31, 2019. Eligibility is determined via a written application. Households that have been on the program automatically receive a new application in the fall.
2018-2019 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
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 three month period prior to application as follows.
Applications Signed in the Month of
Gross Income Verified for Months of
|August 2018||May, June July 2018|
|September 2018||June, July, August 2018|
|October 2018||July, August, September 2018|
|November 2018||August, September, October 2018|
|December 2018||September, October, November 2018|
|January 2019||October, November, December 2018|
|February 2019||November, December 2018, January 2019|
|March 2019||December 2018, January, February 2019|
|April 2019||January, February, March 2019|
|May 2019||February, March, April 2019|
|June 2019||March, April, May 2019|
|July 2019||April, May, June 2019|
Energy Assistance has ended for the 2018/2019 season. Applications for the 2019/2020 season will be available online and in our office, mid-September. If you were on the program last year and haven’t moved, you will receive an application by mail in September. If you have moved, or are new to the program, please contact our office if you would like an Energy Assistance application mailed to you in September.
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.