Energy Assistance Program

About the Program

Energy Assistance is a program that is designed to assist income eligible households with the cost of energy/heating their homes. Everyone deserves affordable, continuous, and safe home energy services. If you encounter issues with home heating and/or electricity, we can help you with bill payment assistance, crisis benefits, and furnace repair/replacements.  In addition, we can provide information about utility consumer rights and referrals to our Energy Conservation services and other community agencies. 


In addition to the Energy Assistance Funding, programs such as Reach Out for Warmth, and the Crisis Program may be available if you’ve already exhausted your energy assistance award.  Please contact WCMCA to inquire.


For more information regarding the Energy Assistance Program within the state of Minnesota, please see the MN Dept of Commerce website.


The Energy Assistance Program is available to any Minnesota resident who is a homeowner or renter in Clay, Douglas, Grant, Pope, Stevens, Traverse and Wilkin counties.


Grants range from $200-$1,400 based on household size, income and fuel costs.  The average grant amount is $500.


Eligibility guidelines are revised yearly. The following are the income guidelines for the 2019-2020 Energy Assistance Program year from October 1, 2019, through July 1, 2020. You may request applications through that date.  Assets such as the home are not considered in determining eligiblity.


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:
August 2020 May, June, July 2020 1 $7,066
September 2020 June, July, August 2020 2 $9,240
October 2020 July, August, September 2020 3 $11,415
November 2020 August, September, October 2020 4 $13,589
December 2020 September, October, November 2020 5 $15,763
January 2021 October, November, December 2020 6 $17,937
February 2021 November, December 2020 & January 2021 7 $18,345
March 2021 December 2020, January & February 2021 8 $18,753
April 2021 January, February, March 2021 9 $19,160
May 2021 February, March April 2021

How to Apply

Those who received Energy Assistance benefits last year will automatically be mailed an application.


You can apply in-person at any WCMCA Office location, call us, or download this year’s application. 


Please return completed Energy Assistance Applications to the Elbow Lake office.

Online Application


Energy Assistance Application - English
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Spanish Application

Energy Assistance Application - Spanish
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More Information


Phone: 218-685-4486, Ext. 1

Toll Free Phone: 800-492-4805, Ext 1

Fax Number: 218-685-6742

Mailing Address:

Energy Assistance Program
411 Industrial Park Boulevard
Elbow Lake, MN 56531

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