LIHEAP: Fighting Poverty in Montana
LIHEAP FY 2014 Funding
(includes tribal awards)
LIHEAP Income Eligibility Level
60% State Median Income
LIHEAP FY 2013 Benefit
Heating: $50 minimum, $541 average, $1,500 maximum
LIHEAP Households Served
(Estimate for FY 2013)
LIHEAP Program Dates
Heating and Cooling: October 1 – April 30
Montana Utilities with 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. Call 1-800-332-2272
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. Contact 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. Call 406-889-3301 or 1-800-442-2994.
Missoula Electric Cooperative
Customers who receive LIHEAP may be eligible for a discount. Call 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. Call 406-222-3100.
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. Call 406-683-2327 or toll free 1-800-221-8271.
Montana Utilities with Low-Income Energy Efficiency Resources
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. Call 1-800-332-2272.
Sun River Electric Co-op
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 .
State utility resource information provided by the LIHEAP Clearinghouse, a service of the U.S. Department of Heath and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families.