Minnesota Energy Assistance Program - New COVID-19 based eligibility
There have been changes made to the eligibility requirements and deadlines for applications to help those that may be impacted by the COVID-19 crisis and quarantine.
Energy Assistance Program (EAP) facts
Renters and homeowners are eligible.
Assets such as the home value are not considered in determining eligibility.
Grants range from $200 to $1,400, based on household size, income, and fuel cost.
The average grant is about $500.
In addition to the initial grant, additional Crisis funds are available to:
Help pay a past due bill or get an emergency fuel delivery.
Help homeowners get their broken furnace repaired or replaced.
EAP changes made to help during COVID-19
The application deadline is extended to July 1.
The annual Crisis maximum is increased to $1,200 (up from $600).
EAP can help households pay a past due bill, even without a shut-off notice.
Income eligibility is based on the past one month only.
EAP still has sufficient funds and expects more from the CARES Act.
Learn more and apply:
Minnesota Department of Commerce EAP website: https://mn.gov/commerce/eap.jsp
Energy Assistance Service Provider List (by County and Reservation): https://mn.gov/commerce/consumers/consumer-assistance/energy-assistance/eap-provider.jsp
Help Finding a Service Provider: 1-800-657-3710