Public Inquiries: 1-800-332-2272
Local LIHEAP Administering Agency Contacts
Human Resource Development Councils
LIHEAP FY 2015 Benefit
Heating: $146 minimum, $4,919 maximum
Crisis: $9,999 maximum
LIHEAP Households Served (Estimate for FY 2013 Heating)
LIHEAP Program Dates
Heating: October 1 - April 30
Low-Income Rate Assistance
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
- Furnace and Water Heater Safety and Efficiency Program
Energy Share also administers a program for Energy West 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 this list to contact the appropriate Human Resource Development Council (HRDC) to ask about applying for this program.
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.
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
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.
- Keep the Lights On
Provides help in emergencies for low-income members who are in disconnect status. Up to $200 can be applied to the past-due account once a year.
Kalispell Office, 406-751-4483
Libby Office, 406-293-7122
- Neighbors in Need
LIHEAP eligible households may receive emergency assistance in Flathead County.
Contact Help Net at 406-752-8181
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.
Fax: (406) 889-3874