FY 2015/2016 Low-Income Energy Programs
Federal | Utility | Charitable


LIHEAP Contact
Public Inquiries: 1-800-332-2272

Local LIHEAP Administering Agency Contacts
Human Resource Development Councils
Tribal Energy Assistance Offices

Weatherization Assistance Program
Local Administering Agency Contacts

LIHEAP FY 2016 Funding (including tribal awards)
$21,069,138 (Initial CR Release)

LIHEAP Income Eligibility Level
60% State Median Income (150% Federal Poverty Level if household has 8 or more members)
200% Federal Poverty Level for weatherization

LIHEAP FY 2016 Benefit
Heating: $109 minimum, $3,496 maximum
Crisis: $9,999 maximum

LIHEAP Households Served in FY 2014
Heating: 20,088
Cooling: 0
Winter/Year-round Crisis: 651
Summer Crisis: 0

LIHEAP Program Dates
Heating: October 1 - April 30
Crisis: Year-round
Weatherization: Year-round


Low-Income Rate Assistance

NorthWestern Energy
Customers who qualify for LIHEAP, automatically receive a discount on their NorthWestern Energy electric and natural gas bills. Apply for LIHEAP through a local Human Resource Council.

Flathead Electric Cooperative
Eligible members receive a credit equal to half the basic charge on their bill each month. In most cases this is an $8.00 per month credit. Residential members must qualify as low-income according to the guidelines set by LIHEAP (150% of federal poverty level). Members qualifying with LIHEAP after October 1 will automatically be eligible. All recipients must reapply each year.
Kalispell Office, 406-751-4483; Libby Office, 406-293-7122 or 1-800-735-8489

Lincoln Electric Co-op
Low-income seniors over 65, and permanently disabled members may be eligible for a 10 percent reduction in their energy bill. Members who qualify for Supplemental Disability or Social Security Disability income are qualified if they meet the income test.
406-889-3301  or  1-800-442-2994

Missoula Electric Cooperative
Customers who receive LIHEAP may be eligible for a discount.
1-800-352-5200 or 406-541-4433

Park Electric Co-op
Senior Income Eligible Discount
Available to members of the Cooperative, 60 years of age or older who meet LIHEAP eligibility guidelines. Available on a first come, first serve basis. An application is available on the website.

Vigilante Electric Cooperative, Inc.
In the fall, energy assistance is offered to households meeting low-income guidelines. Applications are usually available between September 15 and November 1.
Toll Free: 800-221-8271

Low-Income Energy Efficiency

Energy West

Montana-Dakota Utilities
Furnace and Water Heater Safety and Efficiency Program
Energy Share administers a program for MDU customers who have unsafe furnaces or water heaters. The appliance is examined and either repaired or replaced with an Energy Star appliance if necessary. Check the map at this link to contact the appropriate Human Resource Development Council (HRDC) to ask about applying for this program.

NorthWestern Energy
Free Weatherization Program
Customers who rent or own their homes may be eligible for free weatherization measures. This service is provided in partnership with the State of Montana’s weatherization program. Apply through a local Human Resource Council.

Sun River Electric Coop
Home Weatherization Program
Provides funding to weatherize residential homes for low-income households located within the service delivery area of Sun River Electric Coop. Energy saving practices such as insulation, window replacement, weather stripping and furnace repair or replacement qualifies under this program. To apply for this assistance call:
Opportunities, Inc. 1-800-253-4091 or 1-406-761-0310

Emergency Charitable Assistance

Please note these charitable funds are last resort emergency funds with limited resources and limited times of operation.

Energy Share of Montana
Provides one-time assistance, most often in the form of help with a heating bill, but occasionally with heating equipment repairs or other special energy needs. It is distributed on the basis of need rather than federal poverty guidelines or on the recipient’s fuel type. Apply through a local Human Resource Council.

Flathead Electric

Lincoln Electric Cooperative, Inc.
Operation Round-Up (ORU)
Low-income families, individuals and senior citizens who qualify for assistance through designated social service agencies can benefit from the program. Winter heating assistance grants are paid by distributing ORU funds through LEC's in-house energy assistance program. To enroll in the program check the 'Please enroll me in Operation Roundup' box on your electric bill or contact LEC and a customer service representative will enroll you in the program.
(406) 889-3301
Fax: (406) 889-3874

Page last updated: November 9, 2015