SMOC ~ Energy Assistance Program
The 2020-2021 Energy Assistance Program runs from October 1, 2020 to August 31, 2021.
*Energy Assistance has been extended & New Income Guidelines have been set!!!
  We also have funds to help with furnace repairs if you have your application in and are eligible. 
Printable applications can be found at the bottom of this page.*

If you don't want to come into our building, please use the green drop box (picture below) to drop off applications and documents,
which is located at the main entrance of the building.  
Applications will be available in the clear box once they are ready to be distributed to the public.
Any questions please call the office!


For more information write or call:

Southwestern Minnesota Opportunity Council (SMOC)

1106 3rd Ave    PO Box 787

Worthington, MN 56187


Local              507-376-4195 or

Toll Free      1-800-658-2444

Fax                507-376-3636 

What is Energy Assistance?

A program to help pay winter heat bills and furnace repairs.

Why is help available?

Because people with low incomes have a hard time paying all their bills and people must have heat in the winter.

Who can get help?

Homeowners and renters who meet income guidelines.

When can I get help?

One time each heating season. Applications are accepted from Oct 1st through May 31st.

How can I apply?

Call us at 507-376-4195 or 800-658-2444 with questions and to request an application
Print an application from the link provided below

Mail your completed application and supporting documents to
PO Box 787, Worthington, MN 56187 or
Drop it off in the dark green drop-box outside of our building
at 1106 3rd Avenue, Worthington, MN 56187

Click on the Links Below to Print the English or Spanish Energy Assistance Applications

Energy Assistance Application - English

Energy Assistance Rights & Responsibilities and Instructions

Energy Assistance Application - Spanish

Fillable Energy Assistance Application - English


If you are eligible,
grant money will be sent
to your fuel and / or
electric company.





If your income is below these guidelines, you are eligible for help.

Income Guideline - Starting October 1, 2020

2020-2021 EAP Maximum Income


60% of State's Median Income

HH Size
3 Months










Facts about Energy Assistance

~  This help is for people for all ages with all types of income and heating fuels.

~  You should apply for help before you get a past-due bill or run out of fuel.

~  The program will not pay all of your heat costs.

~  All information you give us is private.

~  You can apply if the government pays part of your rent (subsidized) if you have an electric vendor.

~  Non custodial parents may include their children as household members.

~  Assets such as the home are not considered in determining eligibility. 

~  Grants range from $300 to $1,600, based on household size, income & fuel cost.

~  The average grant is about $500

~  In addition to the initial grant, additional Crisi funds are avaiable to: 

        * Help pay a past due bill or get an emergency fuel delivery

        * Help homeowners get their broken furnace repaired or replaced