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Energy Assistance Programwoman with mug

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.


Household Size

Energy Assistance Program

3 Month Income Guidelines

1 $6,495
2 $8,494
3 $10,493
4 $12,492
5 $14,490
6 $16,489

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.


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


LSS Energy Assistance Program