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Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

406.758.5433 OR 1.800.344.5979

LIHEAP helps pay a portion of the participants’ primary heating costs during the Heating Season months of October through April. LIHEAP assists approximately 3,800 households annually in Flathead, Lake, Lincoln and Sanders Counties. Eligibility is based primarily on income and resources. Benefits are usually paid directly to a participants’ primary heating vendor and often qualifies the applicant for additional discounts offered by participating vendors.

*The 2022/2023 LIHEAP Season will begin on 10/1/22

Applications are available between October 1 and April 30. To get an application:

-LIHEAP Application Available: 10/1/22 - 4/30/23 only.                          Beginning on 10/01/2022 click to print                                                                                                                                application.


-Come into our office in Kalispell, Polson, or Libby
-Call us to have one mailed, e-mailed, or faxed to you
-E-mail us to have one mailed, e-mailed, or faxed to you


Click here for income and resource limits and a brief overview of the energy programs administered by Community Action Partnership of Northwest Montana (CAPNM).

Click here for a general overview of items that are typically required to be filed with the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and Weatherization (WX) application.

Click here for LIHEAP Income and Resource limits for larger households. 

Click here for answers to Frequently Asked LIHEAP, LIHWAP, & Weatherization Questions.

For more information or for links to other areas in Montana visit:

NEW ! Low Income Home Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP) 


406.758.5433 OR 1.800.344.5979


Our new LIHWAP program began in 2021. Here's a brief overview:

  • Included as part of the 2022-23 LIEAP application: will now be combined with LIHEAP, LIHWAP, Weatherization. You'll only need to complete one application to apply for all three programs!

  • It is intended to help pay a portion of your homes Water and/or Waste Water/Sewer bill, including arrearages.

  • Click here for answers to Frequently Asked LIHWAP Questions.

  • Only if the bill is in the household members name (or in Landlords name) and with a participating vendor and your household meets all other eligibility criteria- which are the same as LIHEAP.

  • Funds may be used for benefit payment, continuity of service, and arrearage payments. Funds may not be used for plumbing repairs, pipe replacement, water efficiency, or other water infrastructure.

See LIHEAP Section above for more information about how to obtain an application and other eligibility criteria. 

Energy Share of Montana (Visit Site)


406.758.5433 OR 1.800.344.5979

Energy Share of Montana is a partnership of concerned citizens, organizations and local utility companies committed to helping Montana families overcome an energy emergency and move toward self-reliance. Energy Share helps with emergency heating needs caused by situations beyond the families’ control and is used as a last resort for those ineligible for other programs or still in need after other resources are exhausted. The program is funded by utility companies, Universal Systems Benefits Charges and donations from concerned consumers.  To help a neighbor, visit the site.

Click here for a list of application requirements and crisis/emergency situations.  

Applications are usually available year-round, but you must first apply for LIHEAP if it’s between October 1 and April 30 and have an emergency situation as explained above. To get an application:

-Come into our office in Kalispell, Polson, or Libby.
-Call us to have one mailed, e-mailed, or faxed to you.
-E-mail us to have one mailed, e-mailed, or faxed to you.

CAPNM Energy Conservation


CAPNM provides information to assist eligible households in lowering their heating costs.

Contact CAPNM for more information. Visit the links to the right for some of our partners and conservation information.


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Energy Saving Facts & Tips

  • Utilities impose a heavier burden on low income households. Nationwide averages show energy costs take about 4% of a family’s income. For low income families, that number can be upwards of 25%.

  • Shortening showers to 7 minutes saves about $60 per person per year compared to 15 minute showers.

  • Regular maintenance of your furnace and water heater now can help avoid a costly emergency repair later!

  • While Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs) use about 1/4 as much electricity to produce the same amount of light as a standard light bulb, Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) use about ½ as much electricity as CFLs. LEDs cost a little more to buy, but will last longer and save on electric costs.

  • Your refrigerator/freezer works harder when the coils get dusty and frost builds up.

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