Energy Assistance Program & Eligibility Guidelines


The Energy Assistance Program pays towards heat, electricity, and past due water costs. Energy Assistance is free for all eligible households.

Please note that benefits are still substantial, but have changed from the last program year:

  • Extra federal funding last program year allowed the Minnesota Energy Assistance Program to increase income eligibility and benefit amounts.
  • Beginning October 1, 2022, benefits returned to more typical amounts for most households. Also, income eligibility returned to 50% of state median income.
  • The initial grant ranges from $200 to $1,400 per household and averages $500.
  • The maximum additional grant for energy emergencies is $3,000.
  • Water Assistance benefits may cover the entire past due amount.

These changes were necessary to continue to serve Minnesota households in need without a more significant reduction in the income limits.

2023 EAP Maximum Income Guidelines

MN Commerce Department Energy Assistance Program Website

To learn more, call us at 1 (888) 458-1385.

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