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The Energy Assistance Program helps pay energy bills for eligible Minnesotans

The program is free and provides an average benefit of $500, plus additional support to respond to emergencies.

Details in Español (Spanish), Hmoob (Hmong), or Soomaali (Somali)

Who qualifies?

Both renters and homeowners can qualify. Eligibility is based on income and household size. For example, a family of four could earn up to $62,822 annually and qualify to receive financial assistance with energy bills.


The Energy Assistance Application Request form for mailed requests is not available at this time. 

You can still apply online through May 31, 2024 at Apply for Energy Assistance Online.

After May 31, please contact your local Energy Assistance service provider for assistance with other resources that may be available in your community.

If you are interested in applying for weatherization, please contact your local Energy Assistance service provider for an application.

About the online application

How does the program work?

Payments for energy bills are sent directly to the household’s energy company or to a provider of fuel like propane, fuel oil or wood. Initial benefits average $500 per household and can be up to $1,400, depending on household income and fuel costs.

Minnesota’s Energy Assistance Program is federally funded and administered by the Department of Commerce, which works with local service providers throughout the state.

The deadline to apply for Energy Assistance during the winter of 2023-2024 is May 31, 2024.

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