​​​​​​Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (L​IHEAP​)

LIHEAP helps pay home heating costs. Households with the lowest incomes and highest energy costs receive the greatest benefit.

  • Energy Assistance Program Income guidelines are based on 60% of the state median income.
  • Size of grant is based on household size, income, fuel type and energy usage.
  • Households with the lowest income and highest fuel costs receive the highest grants.
  • Program is federally funded through the U.S. Department of Human Services and administered by the state Department of Commerce.
  • Funds are available for renters and homeowners.

Program Benefits​

  • Provides direct payment to the energy supplier.
  • Educates consumers about how to use home heating energy efficiently and safely.
  • Advocates with energy suppliers and human service providers on behalf of consumers.
  • Offers crisis help for utility disconnections and necessary fuel deliveries.
  • Provides emergency heating system repair or replacement.

How to Apply​

For information on how to apply, click h​ere​.

Watch an Energy Assistance Application Tutorial here.

Eligibility Guidelines

Maximum eligible income* ​

To determine eligibility, the Minnesota Energy Assistance Program uses the past three months of household income prior to signing the application and/or last year's federal tax forms for self-employment income.

​Maximum Energy Assistance Program Maximum Income Guidelines

From October 1, 2020 through September 30, 2021 EAP eligibility is based on the three most recent months of income

Household Size Three Month Maximum Annual Income* One Month Income
1
$8,479  $33,918  $2,827
2$11,088  $44,355  $3,696
3$13,697  $54,791  $4,566
4$16,307  $65,228  $5,436
5$18,916  $75,664  $6,305
6$21,525  $86,101  $7,175
7$22,014  $88,058  $7,338
8$22,503 $90,014  $7,501
9$22,992  $91,971  $7,664
10$23,482  $93,928  $7,827
11$23,971  $95,885  $7,990
12$24,460  $97,842  $8,154
13$24,949  $99,799  $8,317
14$25,438  $101,755  $8,480
15$25,928  $103,712  $8,643
16$26,417  $105,669  $8,806
17$26,906  $107,626  $8,969
18$27,395  $109,583  $9,132
19$27,885  $111,540  $9,295
20$28,374  $113,496  $9,458


For additional household size income requirements, contact your community action office. To identify that telephone number, call our Customer Information Center at 612-372-4680 or toll-free at 1-800-729-6164.

*Based on 60% of State Median Income or 110% of Federal Poverty Guidelines, whichever is greater.

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