Energy Assistance

How We Help

CAP Agency’s Energy Assistance Program (EAP) helps eligible households maintain affordable, continuous and safe home energy. Our services include bill payment assistance, home energy crisis intervention, outreach, energy advocacy, information about utility consumer rights, and referrals.

2019-2020 EAP Participants

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How Do I Get Started

Energy Assistance provides funds to help pay costs associated with heat and electricity. Funds are sent directly to the vendor.

Am I eligible?

An Energy Assistance  application is used for determining eligibility for all components of EAP. Households must apply by July 1 to receive assistance. Households must occupy the residence for which the Energy Assistance benefits are being applied, and meet the household income guidelines.  This application is only for residents of Minnesota.

2019-2020 Income Eligibility Guidelines

UPDATES DUE TO COVID-19:

From April 1 – July 1, 2020, EAP eligibility is based on the most recent full calendar month of GROSS income. Both renters and homeowners are eligible. Assets (such as the home) are not considered in eligibility.

CHANGES DUE TO COVID-19:

The EAP application deadline has been extended to JULY 1, 2020. The Annual Crisis Maximum increased from $600 to $1,200. There is NO LIMIT on the amount of times you may request. EAP can now help with PAST DUE balances, even without an active disconnect notice. EAP still has money available, including funds from the CARES Act.

Household Size One Month Maximum Annual Income
1 $2,253 $27,047
2 $2,947 $35,370
3 $3,641 $43,692
4 $4,334 $52,014
5 $5,028 $60,336
6 $5,721 $68,658


How do I apply?
For larger household guidelines, visit: http://mn.gov/commerce/consumers/consumer-assistance/energy-assistance/#guidelines

Applications for Energy Assistance are accepted from October 1 to July 1. Applications for the 2019-2020 Energy Assistance will be mailed to households who previously received Energy Assistance. Households who have not previously applied for Energy Assistance can request or print Energy Assistance applications below.

You are required to submit the following:

  • Fully completed application
  • Beginning April 1, 2020 until the end of the program year, you will only need to provide one month proof of any and all household income (pay stubs for wages, benefit award letter for Social Security, etc.)  Please see the instructions form with the Energy Assistance Application.

Energy Related Repair (ERR)

ERR funds are available to help correct “no heat” or malfunctioning heating systems for owner-occupied homes. Individuals must be eligible for Energy Assistance. Please call 651-322-3500 option 1 for more information.

Energy Crisis Assistance

For those who currently receive Energy Assistance, Energy Crisis Assistance is available for emergency situations, such as disconnection or shut-offs notice, or delivery of fuel for tanks with less than 20% capacity. Please call 651-322-3500 option 1 for more information.

Please Note: We process applications in the order that they are received and it may take up to 90 days. During that time, contact your energy provider to schedule a reasonable payment plan. If you are facing a disconnection, or are already disconnected, please call 651-322-3500 option 1 to speak with an Energy Assistance associate.

New EAP Podcast!

Energy Assistance is pleased to announce a new self-sufficiency podcast! Its foundation is based in energy conservation, money management tools, and family and food pantry-friendly recipes.

Click here to visit the EAP podcast website!

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