Energy Assistance (EAP)
The Energy Assistance Program (EAP) is a heating based program that can help low income households with a portion of their energy bills.
The Program Year starts October 1st, 2020 and ends September 30th, 2021. Please note that all offices are closed to the public. Please call your county office.
You can apply for EAP by printing the application on this website, or by calling MVAC to request an application. Mail your completed application and supporting documents to 706 N Victory Dr., Mankato MN 56001 or call for drop off instructions at your local MVAC office.
During this time we encourage you to contact your energy provider to schedule a reasonable payment plan. However, if you are facing disconnection or already disconnected please speak with one of our staff members in your county: Blue Earth, Brown, Faribault, Le Sueur, Martin, Nicollet, Sibley, Waseca and Watonwan
Energy Assistance Program (EAP) facts:
The Energy Assistance Program (EAP) are funds to assist in paying heating and electric bills, disconnections for homeowners and renters and also to help pay for heating system repairs or replacements for homeowners.
- Renters and homeowners are eligible.
- Grants range from $200 to $1,400, based on household size, income, & energy usage and are paid directly to the energy supplier. The average grant is $500.00
- This is an income based program for wage-earners, self-employed, seniors or those on a fixed income.
- In addition to the initial grant, two other programs are available to EAP approved Households:
What Are The Eligibility Requirements?
You must be income eligible (guidelines below)
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)
Households can apply for energy assistance from Oct. 1 through May 31. Application deadline May 31, 2021.
No, not every year, but every heating season. The heating season is from Oct. 1 through May 31.
Apply as soon as you can. Your application will be processed in the first-in, first-out priority
If you received EAP last year, you will automatically get one in the mail. Otherwise it is available October 1st pick up in a county office, download from our website or one can be mailed out to you.
You can mail your application to 706 N Victory Dr, drop it off in any of our county office locations, fax it to 507-345-2414 or email it to firstname.lastname@example.org
We are not able to reproduce the pre-printed application. A blank application can be mailed to you or you can download a copy of the application online.
Yes, unless the application says RECERTIFICATION on the front page, just to the right of the words 2019-2020 MINNESOTA ENERGY PROGRAMS APPLICATION, you are required to submit the income information. Recertification applications are only mailed to those with fixed incomes and even they must resubmit the information every 3 years.
Income information and bills. Income information for the 3 calendar months prior to the date the application was signed. So if the application was signed in September, we would need income from June, July and August. Fixed income like social security or pension only need one month of documentation but wages and unemployment need all three months. We are required to look at pay dates, not pay periods and gross, not net income. Also current copies of your heat and electric bills.
Yes, everyone in the household ages 1 and up will need to provide their Social Security number. If you do not have a Social Security number you will need to provide documentation of acceptable alternatives.
You will need to fill out the verification of income and expenses worksheet. You can print the form from our website or you can call us to get one mailed to you.
You can mail in your info, email it to email@example.com , drop it off or fax it. Please make sure your name is clearly printed on the documents. It will be put with your file.
Cross out any inaccurate information and write in the correct information.
Applications are processed in the order they are received. Generally it will take between 60 and 90 days to process a complete application. Regardless of when the application is completed, grants and award letters will not be sent until funds become available.
We do not know exactly when funds will arrive. Our best guess is mid-November or later, as it has been the past few years. Households can visit our website for more information
When we receive your application we mail out a confirmation letter letting you know what date your application was received, typically this could take up to a week to receive in the mail. If you do not receive your letter, you can call us at 507-345-6822 and we can look it up.
No, as we process the applications, your information will be reviewed. You will receive a letter requesting further information if it is required.
We do not currently have funds available to assist with disconnection notices. Please check you’re your local Salvation Army or County HS for emergency assistance.
Energy Assistance Links
- MN Department of Commerce
- Public Utilities Commission
- MN Department of Human Services
- CenterPoint Energy GAP Online Application
- Xcel Energy PowerOn & Gas Affordability Program
- Minnesota Energy Resources Gas Affordability Application
- Greater Minnesota Gas Affordability Program
- Cold Weather Rule
- Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services (SMRLS)
- MVAC Energy Efficiency & Conservation