Energy Assistance is no longer accepting applications for the 2023/2024 heating season. Applications will become available again in October 2024.

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

“I am a single mom and it has helped me and my son tremendously. Especially with the season nature of the town, winter was hard financially.”

Energy Assistance Program Facts:

The Energy Assistance Program runs from October 1 to May 31.

  • Renters and homeowners are eligible.
  • Assets such as the home are not considered in determining eligibility.
  • Grants are based on household size, income, & fuel cost.
  • 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.

About The Online Application

How has Energy Assistance helped you?

“The staff is always very helpful and kind. Getting a little assistance in the winter goes a long way. My husband passed away unexpectedly, and it can be really stressful to be down an income. Thank you so much for providing the program.”