KOOTASCA Community Action is here to help. We want to take measures to keep you and our staff safe and reduce unnecessary exposures.

For the health and safety of our clients and our staff, we are working on adjustments to our office and intake setups. Safety of our clients and our staff is always first priority! We ask that you call before you come in, as some of our programs are still not able to accept walk ins. We will be more than happy to help you over the phone or by setting up other arrangements when necessary. Please click on the link below for specific contact information.

Here’s how to reach out to us.

Our Grand Rapids office is open Monday-Thursday 10:00am-1:00pm, 1:30pm-4:30pm and Friday 9:00am-12:00pm

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 July 1st 

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

2020-2021 Income Guidelines

FFY2021 Maximum Energy Assistance Program Income Guidelines
Based on 60% SMI or 110%* of federal poverty guidelines, whichever is greater.

 

Household Size  3 month Max. Guidelines 
1  $8,479
2  $11,088
3  $13,697
4  $16,307
5  $18,916
6  $21,525
7  $22,014
8  $22,503
9  $22,992

 

If application signed in:  Send proof of gross income received in: 
December 2020 September, October, November 2020
January 2021 October, November, December 2020
February 2021 November, December 2020, January 2021
March 2021 December 2020, January, February 2021
April 2021 January, February, March 2021
May 2021 February, March, April 2021
June 2021 March, April, May 2021
July 2021 April, May, June 2021
August 2021 May, June, July 2021
September 2021 June, July, August 2021
  • 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 July 1) to:  
  • KOOTASCA Energy Assistance Program
    201 NW 4th Street, Suite 130
    Grand Rapids, MN 55744 
  • Department of Commerce website address: http://mn.gov/commerce/ 
  • 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 Fax @ 218-999-0845
  • By e-mail @ eap.support.info@kootasca.org

  

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 

 

REFERRALS AND RESOURCES: 

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 

 

SENIOR PROGRAMS: 

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 or toaster or crock pot to cook or warm leftovers.  You will use less energy than cooking with a conventional oven and keep your kitchen cooler in warmer temperatures.  Keep the oven 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 oven 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.  Set your freezer temp between 0-5.
  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.  Imagine the long term savings! Use 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. The rule of thumb for A/C 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 your house down.
  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.