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Energy Assistance ProgramGot Bills hanging over your head

Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota (LSS) Energy Assistance Program Serves 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.

Energy Assistance Program Facts

  • Renters and homeowners are eligible.
  • Assets such as the home are not considered in determining eligibility.
  • Grants range from $200–$1,400, 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 disconnect notice or get an emergency fuel delivery
    • Receive a maximum crisis benefit up to $1,500
    • Help homeowners get their broken furnace repaired or replaced

The 2022–2023 Energy Assistance application deadline is May 31, 2023. Applications are accepted September 2022 through May 31, 2023. Applications submitted after May 31, 2023 can't be accepted.

Energy Assistance Program Eligibility

Homeowners and renters are eligible and all fuel types qualify – even self-cut wood. Applications are accepted September 2022 through May 31, 2023. Eligibility is determined via a written application. Households that have been on the program automatically receive a new application in the fall.

2022-2023 Income Guidelines

Energy Assistance Program guidelines are based on 60% SMI

Household Size Energy Assistance Program Three Month Income Guidelines
1 $9,171
2 $11,993
3 $14,815
4 $17,638
5 $20,460
6 $23,282

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.

Application Signed in the Month of Gross Income Verified for the Months of
August 2022 May, June and July 2022
September 2022 June July and August 2022
October 2022 July, August and September 2022
November 2022 August, September and October 2022
December 2022 September October and November 2022
January 2023 October, November and December 2022
February 2023 November 2022, December 2022 and January 2023
March 2023 December 2022, January 2023 and February 2023
April 2023 January, February and March 2023
May 2023 February, March and April 2023

EAP Online Application

Video: Learn about the online application

Video: How to apply from a phone, computer, or tablet

For additional information please contact our office using one of the following methods:

Phone: 218.829.5000 (press 1 for the Energy Assistance Program)

Over the phone services include:

  • Requesting an application
  • Answering any questions you have

Drop box located at the back entrance of the East Brainerd Mall (716 E. St., Brainerd, MN 56401)

  • Blank applications are available next to the drop box
  • Completed applications, requests for additional documents or other information can be put here


  • Mail your completed application and any additional documents to us at 716 E. St., Brainerd, MN 56401


  • If you are able to scan your documents or information, email it to energy@lssmn.org.

Contact Us

To learn more, please contact us:

LSS Energy Assistance Program
716 E. St.
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)