With dangerously cold temperatures expected for much of next week,the Minnesota Department of Commerce is encouraging people to apply for help.
It comes in the form of the state's Energy Assistance Program.
Households that earn less than 50 percent of the state's median annual income, which is about $48,000 for a family of four, are eligible for the program.
Energy assistance funds help low-income homeowners and renters pay for heating bills through grant money.
The funding also helps some homeowners repair or replace malfunctioning heat systems.
"Heating your home is really a necessity in Minnesota and energy assistance is really essential for vulnerable Minnesotans who might be low income families with young children, people with disabilities, veterans and seniors," said Department of Commerce member Julia Miller.
The program served more than 126,000 Minnesota households last year... with an average grant of about $520.