Federal funds for heating assistance available to Minnesotans this winter

Federal funds for heating assistance are available to Minnesotans this winter.

According to a release from the state, Minnesotans who have difficulty paying their heating bills are encouraged to apply for the Energy Assistance Program, which will provide $106 million in heating assistance to Minnesotans this winter.

The federal funding is available for homeowners and renters who earn less than 50% of the state’s median income ($54,357 for a family of four). The money comes through the federal Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program that helps reduce home heating costs by making payments directly to the utility companies.

"Heating your home is a necessity in Minnesota, and no one’s health or safety should be at risk because they cannot afford to stay warm," said Department of Commerce Temporary Commissioner Grace Arnold, whose agency administers the Energy Assistance Program in partnership with 29 local service providers throughout the state. "The Minnesota Energy Assistance Program is available to help Minnesotans pay for home heating costs, repairs and fuel delivery."

Last year, the energy assistance program served nearly 118,000 households with an average grant of about $500.

To apply for assistance, submit an application to the local service provider in your area.

A list of local service providers can be found here.