Colorado Low-income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP)

Low-income Energy Assistance Program

The Colorado Low-income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP) is a federally funded program that helps eligible hard-working Colorado families, seniors and individuals pay a portion of their winter home heating costs. Our goal is to help bring warmth, comfort and safety to your home and family by assisting with heating costs.

The LEAP program works to keep our communities warm during the winter (November through April) by providing assistance with heating costs, equipment repair and/or replacement of inoperable heating tools. While the program is not intended to pay the entire cost of home heating, we aim to help alleviate some of the burdens that come with Colorado's colder months.

In most cases, the energy assistance benefit is paid directly to the household energy supplier. In most cases, if you are approved for LEAP, payments are made directly to your primary heating fuel vendor and a notice will be sent to you informing you of the benefit amount. Other benefits provided by LEAP include repair or replacement of a home’s primary heating system, such as a furnace or wood-burning stove. The program does not provide financial assistance for any type of temporary or portable heating.

Program eligibility

If your income is up to 60% of the state median income level, you may qualify for heating assistance through LEAP.  The state median income level used for the 2020-21 LEAP season was released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in July 2020. The amount of the energy assistance benefit varies depending on a variety of factors, including the primary heating fuel costs and income.

How do I apply?

LEAP only accepts applications between November and April. Click below to learn more about applying for LEAP benefits, including a checklist to help you prepare your application. If you're looking for assistance outside of LEAP season, it may be available. Please call 1-866-HEAT-HELP (1-866-432-8435) for more information.

Frequently asked questions

Where do I send my completed application and paperwork? How long does it take to process my application? Can I apply for LEAP even if I participate in other government programs? We're here for you and to answer any questions you may have as you look into applying for heat assistance. Get the answers to these questions and many more below.

Contact information

The Colorado LEAP program is federally funded. If you received your LEAP application in the mail, please use the return envelope included to submit your application. Otherwise, please contact HEAT-HELP (1-866-432-8435) to find the address of your county contact.

Resources

CDHS provides weekly statistical information related to the number of LEAP applications processed broken down by each of the 64 counties throughout Colorado. Weekly report totals are cumulative from the beginning of the LEAP program year (Nov. 1). To view this report, click here.