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Still time to apply for energy assistance, deadline is May 31

ST. PAUL -- The deadline to apply for help from the low-income Energy Assistance Program is May 31.

According to a release from the Minnesota Department of Commerce, grant funds are still available to help pay heating bills for low-income Minnesotans -- especially seniors, people with disabilities and families with children.

"While spring has finally arrived, many Minnesotans may still be struggling to pay large energy bills that built up over the extended winter," said Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman in the release.

The average energy assistance grant is $500 per household. Households with an income less than 50 percent of the state median income, $42,789 for a family of four, may qualify. Household that qualify are served on a first-come, first-served basis while the funds last. People have until May 31, when the program year ends, to apply for funding.

Apply for energy assistance with a local service provider. The program pays utility providers directly.

A list of the 34 providers around the state is available by calling 1-800-657-3710 or at

Other forms of assistance may be available through county social service programs, community-based organizations, and nonprofit agencies. See for a list of resources.

Linda Vanderwerf

I cover education issues for the West Central Tribune and have worked for the paper since 1995. I have worked in journalism since 1981.

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