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

TRIBAL RESERVATIONS COVERED: Rocky Boy & Fort Belknap

**Tribal Weatherization**: Contact 406-265-6743 and ask for the Weatherization Department for an application or Download Weatherization applicationHouseholds must be current tribal LIEAP approved.

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The LIEAP heating season is October 1 - April 30.  Counties covered for our agency: Blaine, Hill, and Liberty. Reservations covered by our agency: NONE(Tribal LIHEAP contacts: Rocky Boy, 406-395-4728   Fort Belknap, 406-353-8499)

If you were on the program last year and have not moved you will receive a pre-printed application in the mail beginning October 1st. If you have moved, call our Energy Program and inform us of your new address. (Download an application for LIEAP here.)

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. (Applicant's household expenses are not considered in LIEAP eligibility determination). Assistance is available to both owners and renters, including renters whose heating costs are included in their rent. If you reside in a camper/RV where it is connected to an uninterrupted supply of electricity (generators and batteries are not considered an uninterruptable supply of electricity), and you are responsible for heating costs, you may be deemed eligible for LIEAP assistance.  Please see the Frequently Asked Questions page for more information and income guidelines. (Funds are available)

Click here to read our Energy Program newsletter.

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. If you qualify for the Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) you are asked to apply for LIEAP first.

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 in most cases, 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. (Funds are available) (Download Energy Share application here.)

Hill County Electric Program

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. Households must be LIHEAP approved to qualify for a benefit. Funds are NOT available & we are not accepting applications at this time.

Big Flat Electric Program

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. Completed applications are processed first come, first served.  Funds are NOT available  & we are not accepting applications at this time.

2019-2020 LIEAP Income & Resource Eligibility Guidelines

Household
Size
LIEAP Gross
Income Limit
Weatherization Gross
Income Limit
Non-business Resource Limit
1$25,248$25,248$11,610
2$33,017$33,820$17,422
3$40,785$42,660$18,584
4$48,554$51,500$19,746
5$56,323$60,340$20,908
6$64,091$69,180$22,070
7$65,548$78,020$23,232
8$67,005$86,860$23,232
9$71,775$95,700$23,232
10$78,405$104,540$23,232
11$85,035$113,380$23,232
12$91,665$122,220$23,232
Note: Regardless of household size, the household non-business RESOURCE limit may not exceed $23,232. RESOURCES include: Current 30 day bank statements for all checking & savings account(s); Certificate of Deposit; IRA; Tax Sheltered Annuities; 401(K); 403(B); cash value of stocks, bonds & other investments; Value of business assets, rental properties or property leases (Self-employed households must provide); Physical address(es) of property/real estate other than the home in which you live and its' adjoining land.

Click here to read our Frequently Asked Questions.

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