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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 3,500 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 2024/2025 LIHEAP Heating Season will begin on 10/1/24

Applications will be available October 1st - April 30th.  Starting on 10/1/24, you will be able to Click here for a fillable PDF LIHEAP application.  Questions?  Please call our LIHEAP Department at 406-758-5433 or send us an email


  Starting on 10/01/24, you will also be able to:

-Come into our office in Kalispell, Polson, or Libby, click here for our office locations, for an application
-Call us at 406-758-5433 to have an application mailed, emailed, or faxed to you
-Email us to request a LIHEAP application mailed, emailed, 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 & Weatherization Questions.

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

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 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 at 406-758-5433 to have one mailed, emailed, or faxed to you.
-Email us to have one mailed, emailed, 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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