Energy Assistance Program

Itasca County

201 NW 4th St. Suite 130

Grand Rapids, MN 55744

218-999-0800 or 1-877-687-1163

Koochiching County

2232 E. 2nd Avenue

International Falls, MN 56649

218-283-9491 or 1-800-559-9491

2022-2023 Energy Assistance Program

Kootasca’s Energy Assistance Program provides financial assistance to pay a portion of a household’s heat and/or electric costs. In addition, the program offers emergency assistance for utility disconnection; including water/wastewater, educates consumers to use home heating energy efficiently and safely, and provides emergency heating system repair or replacement for homeowners.

**NOTICE TO CLIENTS AND STAKEHOLDERS**

  • Extra federal funding last program year allowed the Minnesota Energy Assistance Program to increase eligibility and benefit amounts provided to households who applied by May 31, 2022.
  • Starting October 1, 2022, benefits will return to more typical amounts and may be noticeably lower than last year for most households. Additionally, income eligibility has returned to 50% of State Median income, down from 60%.
  • The initial grant will range from $200-$1400 per household, with an average grant of approximately $500.00.
  • The maximum additional grant for energy emergencies (crisis) is currently $1,500.00.
  • Water Assistance benefits may cover the entire past due amount.
  • These changes are necessary to continue to serve households in need without an even more significant reduction in the income limits.

Grant Types

PRIMARY HEAT:  Heating assistance is available to households who rent or own, whose income is at or below 50 percent of the state median income. The assistance you receive pays a portion of home energy and heating costs. Grants are based on household size, gross income, and the previous year’s energy costs. Grants are paid directly to your energy providers.

CRISIS PROGRAM: Households experiencing a heating or electric emergency may be eligible for additional crisis assistance. You must be approved for energy assistance and a primary heat grant does not resolve the situation.

ENERGY RELATED REPAIR (ERR):  ERR funds are available to homeowners experiencing a life-threatening situation or a no-heat emergency due to a malfunctioning or nonfunctioning heating system. You must be approved for energy assistance to qualify for this program. Proof of home ownership is required.

Applications for Energy Assistance are accepted from October 1, 2022 to May 31, 2023. Applications for the 2022-2023 Energy Assistance Program will be mailed to households who previously received Energy Assistance. Households who have not previously applied for Energy Assistance can request or print an application below. To request an application by mail or for questions about the program, call Kootasca at 877-687-1163 or request an application at MN.gov. Applications are available to download in English, Español, Hmoob, Soomaali and Tiếng Việt.

Ten benefits of the Energy Assistance Program

  1. It’s free!
  2. The average grant is $500
  3. Local Energy Assistance Partners can help with your application!
  4. Grants are based on household size and income, and on utility costs
  5. Up to $1,400 per household – for heat and electric bills
  6. Can also pay off your entire past due water/wastewater bill!
  7. It works if you use electricity, natural gas, propane, heating oil or biofuel.
  8. Grants are paid to your account at your utility company or provider – we do it for you!
  9. The program is open to people who rent AND who own their homes
  10. We can also arrange emergency fuel delivery, and repair or replace homeowners’ broken heating systems.

  • 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 31) to:

KOOTASCA Energy Assistance Program

201 NW 4th Street, Suite 130

Grand Rapids, MN 55744

If you have already applied, please be patient. Every application submitted will be properly processed. For emergency situations, if your heat, power or water are disconnected, your heating fuel is gone, your furnace stopped running – contact your local Energy Assistance Program provider immediately.

Energy Assistance Program Service Provider Phone Number List

AFTER HOURS NO HEAT CRISIS LINE: 888-249-8879