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

LIHEAP can help you pay for home heating costs. Households with the lowest incomes and highest energy costs receive the greatest benefit.

Program benefits​

  • Provides direct payment to the energy supplier
  • Shows 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​

Apply now​

Watch an Energy Assistance Application Tutorial here.

Eligibility guidelines

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

Important eligibility information:
  • Energy assistance program income guidelines are based on 60% of the state's median income
  • The size of the grants are based on household size, income, fuel type and energy usage.
  • The program is funded through the U.S. Department of Human Services and administered by the state Department of Commerce
  • Funds are available for renters and homeowners

​Maximum Energy Assistance Program Maximum Income Guidelines

From October 1, 2021 through May 31, 2022 EAP eligibility is based on the three most recent months of income

Household size Three month maximum Annual income*
1
$8,809
 $35,237
2$11,520
 $46,080
3$14,230
 $56,922
4$16,941
 $67,765
5$19,651
 $78,607
6$22,362
 $89,450
7
$23,378
 $91,483
8$22,870
 $93,515
9$23,887
 $95,548
10$24,395
 $97,581
11$24,903
 $99,614
12$25,411
 $101,647
13$25,920
 $103,680
14$26,428
 $105,713
15$26,936
 $107,746
16$27,444
 $109,779
17$27,953
 $111,812
18$28,461
 $113,845
19$28,969
 $115,878
20$29,477
 $117,911


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.