Energy Assistance Program
If you are experiencing difficulty paying your heating and electric costs, the Energy Assistance Program (EAP) may be able to help you. BI-CAP has three programs that serve households with different needs.
PRIMARY HEAT: Heating assistance is available to households who rent or own, whose income is at or below 60 percent of the state median income. The assistance you receive pays a portion of home energy and heating costs. Grants are based on household size, gross income, and the previous year’s energy costs. Grants are paid directly to your energy providers.
CRISIS PROGRAM: Households experiencing a heating or electric emergency may be eligible for additional crisis assistance. You must be approved for energy assistance and a primary heat grant does not resolve the situation.
ENERGY RELATED REPAIR (ERR): ERR funds are available to homeowners experiencing a life threatening situation or a no-heat emergency due to a malfunctioning or nonfunctioning heating system. You must be approved for energy assistance to qualify for this program. Proof of ownership is required.
Energy Assistance Program Makes a Difference
“The energy assistance program was able to help me stay financially stable. My home does not keep heat well, as it is old, and I am doing my best to update it as much as I financially can. Without this assistance program, I would have either been really cold, or going in the red financially!”
– 2020 EAP recipient
Am I Eligible?
Households must apply by September 1, 2021 to receive assistance.
Energy Assistance Program Facts:
- Renters and homeowners are eligible.
- Assets such as the home are not considered in determining eligibility.
- Grants range from $300 to $1,600, based on household size, income, & fuel cost.
- The average grant is about $500.
- In addition to the initial grant, additional Crisis funds are available to:
- Help pay a past due bill or get an emergency fuel delivery.
- Help homeowners get their broken furnace repaired or replaced.