The Energy Assistance Program is a federally funded program administered through the Minnesota Department of Commerce. The program provides financial assistance to help with household winter heating bills. Both homeowners and renters may apply. Assets, such as the home, are not considered in determining eligibility. A household must complete the application process to determine eligibility and the amount of their utility assistance. Electronic signatures are not accepted, please sign the application before you send. Financial assistance payments are made directly to the household’s utility company. Grants range from $200 – $1,400 depending on household size, income and fuel cost; average grant is $500. Income guidelines below.