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How to Apply for Energy Assistance in Iowa

Visit your local community action outreach office to apply for this and other programs. 

Individuals may apply for the program at the local Community Action Agency in their county. To locate your local outreach office click here

If you are unable to find your county on the Community Action Agencies Intake List, please call Community Action Agencies Unit at 515-281-3861.


The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is a federally-funded program designed to assist low income families in Iowa to meet the cost of home heating by providing a one-time payment to the heating utility. LIHEAP is a federally-funded program. Homeowners and renters are eligible, within the federal poverty guidelines.

Applications are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis November 1 - April 30 of each year. Households with a member 60 years of age or older, those who are disabled, and those in crisis can begin applying October 1.  

LIHEAP Income Guidelines

The total household income for an applicant must be at or below 200% of the 2023 federal poverty guidelines. These guidelines are for October 1, 2023 - September 30, 2024.

LIHEAP Federal Poverty Guidelines for Iowa
Household SizeAnnual Gross Income *  **

* For households with more than eight members, add $10,280 annually for each additional member.

** All income will be annualized.  Income will be collected for a 30 day period – counting back 30 calendar days from the day before the date of application, the most recent calendar year, or the most recent 12-month period.