Energy Assistance Program adjusts policies, extends deadline

The Minnesota Department of Commerce has adjusted program policies for Minnesota’s Energy Assistance Program, including income eligibility and a deadline extension, according to a MDC news release.

The Department of Commerce especially encourages newly unemployed, those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, households with young children, people with disabilities, veterans and seniors to apply now until July 1.

Changes made to help during the COVID-19 pandemic

The Energy Assistance Program adjusted program policies to make it easier for households to apply and get additional help. Some policy adjustments include:

  • Income eligibility based on the past one month
  • An application deadline extension to July 1
  • Increasing the annual crisis benefit maximum to $1,200 (up from $600). Crisis benefits are for past due bills and emergency fuel deliveries.
  • Allowing crisis benefits to pay a household’s past due bill, even without a disconnection notice.

Energy Assistance Program key facts:

  • Renters and homeowners are eligible;
  • Assets such as the value of your home 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 funds are available to help pay a past due bill, get an emergency fuel delivery or help get a broken furnace repaired or replaced.

How to apply for the Energy Assistance Program

New applicants have until July 1 to apply. Funding is limited and administered on a first-come, first-serve basis. Households apply at their local Energy Assistance Program service provider.


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