Energy Programs

Weatherization

Designed to conserve energy and cut down on the fuel costs of eligible applicants. Eligibility is based on a household’s total annual gross income. Applicants deemed eligible have their residences, whether owned or rented, audited by a Weatherization Program Auditor. The auditor recommends repairs and improvements that will reduce infiltration and heat loss. The program will then see that the appropriate materials are installed in the home by weatherization crew members. Please see the Frequently Asked Questions page for more information about Weatherization.

Counties covered: Hill, Liberty & Blaine.

Reservations covered: Rocky Boy & Fort Belknap.

Tribal Weatherization Application: Contact 265-6743 and ask for the Weatherization Department for an application. Households must be Tribal LIEAP approved.

LIEAP (Low Income Energy Assistance Program) October 1 - April 30

You can downloand an application from this website for the new heating season beginning October 1st.  If you were on the program last year and have not moved you will receive a pre-printed application in the mail. If you have moved since your last application was submitted, you must call 1-800-640-6743 or come to the office for an application.

All records and information provided by you or obtained through verification are confidential and are not available to the public. Reminder: If you applied last season and have not moved, the state will mail you a pre-printed application.

LIEAP (pronounced LEE-AP) was created to help low-income people pay for rising energy costs. Fuel assistance is federally funded. Program eligibility is determined by the household’s total annual gross income and total current liquid assets. Assistance is available to both owners and renters, including renters whose heating costs are included in their rent, but not subsidized. Please see the Frequently Asked Questions page for more information and income guidelines.

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Energy Share

Is your household on the verge of having your heating disconnected? Need help with a deposit?  Energy Share of Montana was established by a group of concerned people representing utility companies and nonprofit agencies. They recognized the need to help people who do not necessarily quality for government programs but may still need a "hand up" at times.  (Download application)

Energy Share is an interest-free loan issued no more than once every ten years and is not a yearly subsidy. Recipients are asked to repay their assistance back, which in turn helps others' facing similar energy emergencies. Energy Share is available for Hill, Blaine and LIberty county residents 12 months of the year. Please call, 406-265-6743 or 1-800-640-6743. Do not wait to be disconnected....help could be available.

Hill County Electric Program (Funds depleted at this time)

Hill County Electric Cooperative (HCE) contributes funds to assist low-income, LIEAP eligible, members in meeting their energy needs. This program normally begins early January of each year and continues until funding has been depleted. There is an application process.

Big Flat Electric Program (Funds depleted at this time)

Big Flat Electric Cooperative (BFE) contributes funds to assist low-income, LIEAP eligible, members in meeting their energy needs. This program normally begins early January and continues until funding has been depleted. There is an application process.

LIEAP Income & Resource Eligibility Guidelines

Household SizeLIEAP Gross
Income Limit
Weatherization Gross
Income Limit
Non-business Resource Limit
1$22,293$23,760$10,931
2$29,153$32,040$16,400
3$36,012$40,320$17,494
4$42,872$48,600$18,588
5$49,732$56,800$19,682
6$56,591$65,160$20,776
7$57,877$73,460$21,870
8$61,335$81,780$21,870
9$67,575$90,100$21,870
10$73,815$98,420$21,870
11$80,055$106,740$21,870
12$86,295$115,060$21,870
Note: Regardless of household size, the household RESOURCE limit may not exceed $21,716.

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