Energy Assistance Program & Eligibility Guidelines


The Energy Assistance Program is currently accepting applications for the 2023-2024 season. The program pays towards heat and electricity. Energy Assistance is free for all eligible households.

Please note that benefits are still substantial, but have changed from the previous 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 $600.
  • Water Assistance benefits are no longer available.

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


MN Commerce Department Energy Assistance Program Website

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

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