Montana utility assistance programs
Most of the utility, electric, and gas companies that operate in Montana administer financial assistance or weatherization programs. They can help people save money, or provide financial support for paying bills.
Most of the services and programs are free to low income, elderly, and disabled customers. Some of the programs can complement the federal government Low Income Energy Assistance Program, so customers can gain access to additional financial support. Below you will find more information on the options you have, as well as who to call for aid.
Northwestern Energy - One of the financial assistance programs administered is Energy Share. This resource may be able to provides cash grants or one-time financial assistance. The main goal of the program is to help Montana customers pay their monthly heating bills. In addition to helping with those expenses, Energy Share can also provide heating equipment repairs or other special energy needs. It will help people who need assistance, and does not focus as much on income or poverty guidelines. Dial 1-800-777-7589, or you can apply through a local Human Resource Council or community action agency.
NorthWestern Energy - For customers of this utility company who are in the LIHEAP program (Low Income Energy Assistance) they will also get a discount of their heating and gas bills. It is offered to all LIHEAP customers, but you do need to apply. Call your local Human Resource Council in Montana at 1-800-332-2272.
NorthWestern Energy - Save money on energy bills from their free Weatherization Program. It is a conservation program for those individuals or families who either rent or own their homes, and it is free to qualified customers. This resource was created in partnership with the State of Montana’s as well as the federal government weatherization program. Call 800-332-2272.
Flathead Electric Cooperative - Low income customers, who also meet LIHEAP guidelines, can qualify for an additional credit on their monthly utility bills. The amount of the credit provided is currently equal to one half the basic charge on their bill each month. The offices to call for more information or to apply include the Libby Montana Office 406-293-7122 or 1-800-735-8489 or the Kalispell Office 406-751-4483.
Flathead Electric - They also administer the Keep the Lights On program for people facing a disconnection. The program can pay up to $200 to help them get their service back on, or stop the disconnection of their utility or heating service. Call 1-800-735-8489.
Flathead Electric - If you have been denied grants or help from the LIHEAP program, then Energy Share may be able to help you. It is a utility/heating bill assistance program of last resort. Dial 1-800-344-5979 or apply at Northwest Montana Human Resources in Kalispell.
Flathead Electric - Neighbors in Need is for people currently getting funds from LIHEAP. It is targeted for customers in Flathead County Montana. Dial 406-752-8181
Lincoln Electric Co-op - The disabled as well as low to moderate -income seniors over 65 can receive a 10 percent reduction in their energy bill. Members who qualify for Social Security Disability income or Supplemental Disability are eligible. Call 1-800-442-2994 or 406-889-3301.
Missoula Electric Cooperative - Additional energy assistance is offered to LIHEAP customers. Call 1-800-352-5200 or 406-541-4433
Park Electric Co-op - A resource known as Senior Income Eligible Discount is offered as funding allows, and it is for people who are 60 years of age or older who meet LIHEAP eligibility guidelines. Call 406-222-3100.
Vigilante Electric Cooperative, Inc. - Low income customers can qualify for help with heating bills during the winter.
Sun River Electric Coop - Save money with a weatherization program. It is free for customers within the Sun River Electric Coop. Dial 406-467-2526. Income limits apply.