Program Description

The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) assists eligible low-income households with their heating and cooling energy costs, bill payment assistance, energy crisis assistance, weatherization and energy-related home repairs.  

General Program Requirements

In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must need financial assistance for home energy costs.

A person who participates or has family members who participate in certain other benefit programs, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or certain needs-tested Veterans benefits may be automatically eligible.

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this program.

Application Process

To find out whether you are eligible to receive LIHEAP benefits, contact your state or tribal LIHEAP office.

For help applying for LIHEAP benefits, you may also call this toll-free number: 1-866-674-6327

Program Contact Information

For more information about LIHEAP:
You can call the National Energy Assistance Referral (NEAR) project. NEAR is a free service providing information on where you can apply for LIHEAP. You can speak to someone at NEAR Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m.- 5 p.m. (Mountain Time).
You can:
  • Call the toll-free phone number at: 1-866-674-6327
  • send an e-mail to: energy@ncat.org
  • or you can contact your State's LIHEAP office

A list of frequently asked questions about LIHEAP is also available here.

Additional Information

Length of Program:Fiscal Year Program
Tribes Funded by this Program:152 Tribal Organization in Fiscal Year 2015
Number of People Served by this Program (Approximate):Varies from year to year
Entities Eligible for Grant Assistance:Federally Recognized Tribes and Tribal Organizations
Current Method of Tribal Eligibility:Program not specific to American Indians and Alaska Natives, but they are eligible
Do Tribes compete with other entities for funding from the program?No
Type of Assistance Provided:Grant
Recurring Base Funding for Tribes:Yes
Funding Type:Mandatory
Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number:93.568
Matching Funds Required:No
Can the funding from the program be renewed:Yes