Energy Bill Assistance Program
Energy Outreach’s energy bill assistance program helps low-income Coloradans who are past due on their energy bill and in danger of having their home energy shut off. Once a household qualifies for energy assistance, a payment for a portion of their bill is made directly to their energy vendor.
How It Works
- Energy Outreach raises energy assistance funding through individual and organizational donors.
- Funding is distributed to the organizations that make up Energy Outreach’s statewide assistance network. These local organizations have trained caseworkers who assist clients through the application process and determine eligibility. Funding is available year-round.
- Energy Outreach’s program works cooperatively with Colorado’s Low-Income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP), which is federally funded and administered through the Colorado Department of Human Services. LEAP accepts energy bill assistance applications between November 1 and April 30.
- Energy Outreach is the safety net for low-income Colorado families, seniors and individuals with special needs who do not meet LEAP qualifications, who need help during the months when LEAP does not accept applications, or who just need additional help.
- Because LEAP funds are limited, Energy Outreach typically provides additional funding to LEAP to increase the average benefit per household in Colorado.
- A household may receive energy bill assistance from Energy Outreach and/or LEAP once per program year.
How to Join Our Assistance Network
- Agency’s mission and purpose
- Length of time your agency has been in existence
- Number of clients you serve
- History of your organization
- Area you serve
- Types of assistance programs you provide
- Agency budget
Upon receipt of the above information, you will be sent application instructions and documents. You will also be given a user ID and password for the Energy Assistance Database where the electronic application is located. EOC only accepts online applications and the required hard-copy supporting materials. If your organization is approved as a partner agency, you may start providing client assistance at the beginning of the next grant year on October 1, after training is completed.
Click here to see Energy Outreach’s statewide assistance network.