Energy Assistance Program

The Energy Assistance Program provides: 

  • Direct payments to the energy supplier 
  • Crisis help for utility disconnections or emergency fuel deliveries 
  • Emergency heating system repair or replacement for homeowners 
  • Advocating with energy suppliers and other service providers on behalf of consumers 
  • Education to consumers on safe home heating and energy efficiency 
  • The Energy Assistance Program runs from October 1st and ends May 31st 

Check the Income Guidelines listed in the table below to see you are eligible: 

2018-2019 Income Guidelines

FFY2019 Maximum Energy Assistance Program Income Guidelines
Based on 50% SMI or 110%* of federal poverty guidelines, whichever is greater.


Household Size  Annual Income  3 month Max. Guidelines    Household Size  Annual Income  3 month Max. Guidelines 
1  $25,983 $6,495   11  $73,453 $18,363
2  $33,978 $8,494   12  $74,952 $18,738
3  $41,973 $10,493   13  $76,451 $19,112
4  $49,698 $12,492   14  $77,950 $19,487
5  $57,963 $14,490   15*  $79,882 $19,970
6  $65,958 $16,489   16*  $84,634 $21,158
7  $67,457 $16,864   17*  $89,386 $22,346
8  $68,956 $17,239   18*  $94,138 $23,534
9  $70,455 $17,613   19*  $98,890 $24,722
10  $71,954 $17,988   20*  $103,642 $25,910


If you sign an application in this month:  Send proof of income for the months of: 
August 2018 May, June, July 2018
September 2018 June, July, August 2018
October 2018 July, August, September 2018
November 2018 August, September, October 2018
December 2018 September, October, November 2018
January 2019 October, November, December 2018
February 2019 November, December 2018, January 2019
March 2019 December 2018, January, February 2019
April 2019 January, February, March 2019
May 2019 February, March, April 2019
  • A new application must be completed, dated and signed in order to receive Energy Assistance. 
  • A new application must be submitted for each program year (Oct. 1 to May 31st) to:  
  • KOOTASCA Energy Assistance Program
    201 NW 4th Street, Suite 130
    Grand Rapids, MN 55744 
  • Department of Commerce website address: 
  • Applications in Large Print and Spanish can be accessed at the Minnesota Department of Commerce by clicking here 
  • By Phone @ 218-999-0824 or 1-877-687-1163
  • By e-mail @


Energy Assistance Application

  • For other Energy Related Referrals and Resources click here 
  • To learn more about the Emergency Heating Repair and Replacement Program (ERR) click here 



Organization  Phone number 
Itasca County Resource Center 218-327-2941 or 1-800-422-0312
Koochiching County Resource Center 218-283-7000 or 1-800-950-4630
Heat Share Itasca County 218-326-2694 
Heat Share Koochiching County 218-283-3394
FIRST CALL FOR HELP (211)1-800-442-8565 
Veteran’s Administration Itasca County 218-327-2858 
Veteran’s Administration Koochiching County 218-283-1179 



Organization  Phone number 
Elder Circle Itasca County 218-999-9233
Senior Linkage Line 1-800-333-2433 
Access North for Independent Living 1-800-390-3681 


Energy Conservation Tips & Tricks That Could Help YOU Cut Energy Related Costs: 

  1. Electronics: Plug electronics into a power strip then turn the strip off when not in use to save energy costs. Invest in a “smart” power strip, which keeps important items on while shutting off others. Unplug your battery charger when not in use- many chargers draw power continuously even when the device is not plugged into the charger. 
  2. Cooking: Use microwave ovens, toasters or crock pots to warm leftovers. You will use less energy than cooking with a conventional over and keep your kitchen cooler in warmer temperatures. Keep the over door closed while cooking-the temperature can escape (and unintentionally heat up your kitchen) by as many as 25 degrees each time you open the over door. 
  3. Refrigerators: Unplug any home electronics not in use- a 2nd fridge can cost $100-$200 a year to run. Buy Energy Star appliances-they are more efficient and cost less to run. An Energy Star is 15% more efficient. Your fridge should be kept at 36-38 degrees. Your freezer should be set at 0-5 degrees. 
  4. Laundry: When doing a load of clothes make sure they are full loads. Wash clothes in cold water unless very dirty. Clean the dryer lint filter before every load to keep your dryer running efficiently. Avoid over-drying your clothes—it wastes energy, plus causes static and wrinkling. Hang clothes on a drying rack or outside (It’s free!) 
  5. Lighting: Keep light bulbs clean and turned off when not in use. CFL (compact florescent lamp) bulbs use 75% less energy and last 8-10 times longer than regular bulbs and they can knock $80 off your energy bill a year. LED (light-emitting diodes) bulbs cost more but can last 15 years. Use opaque or light colored lamp shades to allow more light in a room from less wattage bulbs. 
  6. Central Air: Don’t block air vents with drapes and furniture. Give your air compressor space to work efficiently-never stack anything against your A/C or drape anything over it. 
  7. Dishwashers: When doing a load of dishes make sure they are full loads. If your dishwasher has an economy option, use it. Air drying dishes saves energy and money. 
  8. Use curtains: Closing curtains during hot days will keep unwanted heat out. 
  9. Turn Up The Thermostat: The rule of thumb is that you can save about 3% on your cooling bill for every degree that you increase your thermostat full time. To counteract the slightly warmer temps, engage ceiling fans to cool people down.