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Energy Assistance Program

Service Area

The Energy Assistance, Crisis, and Energy Related Repair Programs are available to eligible clients in the seven (7) Minnesota counties of Clay, Douglas, Grant, Pope, Stevens, Traverse and Wilkin, and is administered by staff of West Central Minnesota Communities Action, Inc. through its offices in Alexandria, Elbow Lake, and Moorhead, Minnesota.

  • Alexandria Site - The Alexandria site is now closed for the Energy Assistance season.

Please note our new location!

We have moved to the United Way Building in Alexandria (used to be the old bowling alley Garden Center building)

503 Hawthorne Street, Suite 131

Alexandria MN 56308

Phone: 320-304-0369

  • Moorhead Site

The Moorhead office, which is located at 715 11th Street N., Moorhead, MN 56560 and is open Monday through Friday from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm.  Phone:  218-299-7846 or 218-299-7294.

  • Elbow Lake - Main Office Site

The Elbow Lake office is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the address and phone numbers below.  Walk-ins are welcome at all of the offices.

Please return completed Energy Assistance Applications to the Elbow Lake office.  WCMCA, Inc. office address is:

Energy Assistance Program


411 Industrial Park Boulevard

Elbow Lake, MN  56531

The Energy Assistance Program

A program that is designed to assist income eligible households with the cost of energy/heating their homes.


  • Assistance amounts are determined by the number of people that live in the home, the type of fuel used, the cost for the previous year, and the income the household has received in three (3) previous months to when application is submitted.
  • The assistance is provided directly to the fuel supplier.


  • The program is available to homeowners and renters.
  • Eligible households for Energy Assistance are also eligible for the Weatherization Program upon request.
  • To be eligible, applicants must be vulnerable to increases in home heating energy costs.
  • Any Minnesota resident may apply for the program.
  • Applications are available by mail, or from offices located in Alexandria, Moorhead, or Elbow Lake.
  • Households also have the opportunity to register to vote.

Eligibility guidelines are revised yearly.  Following are the income guidelines for the 2014-2015 Energy Assistance Program year from October 1, 2014, through May 31, 2015.  You may request applications through that date.

If you sign application in:

Send proof of gross income received in the months of:

For EAP, your household income cannot be more than these income guidelines for three (3) months:

Aug 2014

May, June, July 2014

Household Size


Sept 2014

June, July, Aug 2014



Oct 2014

July, Aug, Sept 2014



Nov 2014

Aug, Sept, Oct  2014



Dec 2014

Sept, Oct, Nov  2014



Jan 2015

Oct, Nov, Dec 2014



Feb 2015

Nov, Dec 2014, Jan 2015



Mar 2015

Dec 2014, Jan, Feb 2015



Apr 2015

Jan, Feb, March, 2015



May 2015

Feb, March, April 2015



June 2015

March, April, May 2015




2015 Energy Assistance Program Application - the program is now closed and no funds are currently available.  The 2015-16 Energy Assistance Program Application will be available in September, 2015.


Click the links above or contact WCMCA at 218-685-4486 or 800-492-4805.

Please return completed Energy Assistance Applications to the Elbow Lake office.  WCMCA, Inc. office address is:

Energy Assistance Program


411 Industrial Park Boulevard

Elbow Lake, MN  56531


Reach out for Warmth Program

Reach out for Warmth Program is funded by donations from private individuals or companies.  To be eligible a household could have income at or below the 50% of State Median income for the past three (3) months:


Maximum income for three (3) months
Household size Income
1 $ 5,562
2 $ 7,274
3 $ 8,985
4 $ 10,697
5 $12,408
6 $14,120

Please contact the Energy Assistance Department for application information.

Crisis Program

Households that are eligible for the Energy Assistance Program and have used all their original grants may call for assistance with this program. 

Energy Related Repair Program

  • A program for homeowners who are eligible for the Energy Assistance Program that addresses safety or no heat problems due to malfunctioning or non-functioning heating systems.
  • Call our agency for assistance in applying:  Scott - Ext. 119.

Applications are available during the program year by calling 800-492-4805 or 218-685-4486.  Home visits may be requested for the homebound.


Minnesota Energy Programs Information and Applications


*MN (GAP) Gas Affordability Program for Great Plains

Residential Natural Gas Customers

  • Would you like to lower your monthly gas bills and pay past-due balances?  Great Plains Natural Gas Company has an energy assistance program available to qualified Minnesota customers called the Gas Affordability Program (GAP).  The purpose of this program is to help qualified customers lower their monthly gas bills and pay past-due balances.
  • To qualify for the program you must have received a Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) grant for the current heating season.
  • Contact West Central MN Communities Action at 800-492-4805 or click below for application and information.

2014 Gas Affordability Progam (GAP) Application


In-Home Modification Program

This service is intended to make minor modifications of living space to prevent injury, promote safety and health of older persons, to assist them in remaining independent in their homes.  It is available to eligible older household members in the following nine Minnesota counties:  Clay, Becker, Douglas, Grant, Otter Tail, Pope, Stevens, Traverse, and Wilkin.

Who May Receive These Services?

  • Household members 60 years of age or older who may be disabled and who may be in great economic and social need
  • Low-income elderly minorities
  • Age 60+ elderly who live alone or are isolated and at-risk
  • Limited English speaking
  • Vulnerable elderly defined as functionally-impaired and lacking an adequate informal support system
  • Limited physical mobility
  • Psychological or mental disability
  • Lack of knowledge or skills to select and prepare nourishing, balanced diets

What Modifications are Included in These Services?

Minor home modifications may include, but are not limited to, such items as:

  • Repairs/renovations to alleviate medical conditions (i.e., air conditioner installation for asthma patients, etc., with doctor's prescription)
  • Purchase and installation of grab bars, shower chairs, raised toilet seats
  • Night lights
  • Faucet and door levers
  • Wheelchair ramps and/or wider doorways for wheelchairs
  • Smoke detectors
  • Medical alert devices
  • Other - call for more information

Where Does the Money Come From?

This project is funded under contract with Land of the Dancing Sky Area Agency on Aging as part of the Title III Older Americans Act Program.

How Can These Funds Be Accessed?

Contact Megan at West Central Minnesota Communities Action, Inc. at 218-685-4486 or toll-free at 800-492-4805, or the Community Action Agency, public health or social service agency, tribal service agency, energy related repair or energy assistance program, or other programs that interact with frail and elderly clients in your local community.  Or you may print out the Application Form below, answer all the questions on the application, sign it, and mail to:

West Central Minnesota Communities Action

Attn:  Megan
411 Industrial Park Boulevard
Elbow Lake, MN 56531-4213

In-Home Application / Intake Form

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West Central Minnesota Communities Action, Inc.
411 Industrial Park Boulevard, Elbow Lake, MN 56531
Phone: 218-685-4486
Toll-Free: 800-492-4805

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