Colorado Low-income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP)
IMPORTANT NOTICE: We have extended LEAP benefits past the April 30 deadline this year to help address the increasing need created by the COVID-19 crisis. Learn more here.
Welcome to 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.
We work 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.
Heat assistance may be available to you.
Call HEAT HELP at 1-866-432-8435 for more information.
With LEAP, many eligible Colorado citizens have been able to get help paying a portion of their winter home heating costs. Here's what some of the LEAP recipients are saying:
This is just to express my thanks for helping me with heating costs this past winter. On my limited budget, things could have been difficult without your financial help. At my age, a warm cabin is an important need and it was nice being warm on those cold days. My dog “Ruby” and I thank you for the help!
The people of Colorado are blessed to have such a wonderful asset working in and for the community. I am truly amazed by the kindness, dedication, guidance and vision of your staff. The positive impact LEAP has made on me and my life will never be forgotten. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!
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If your income is up to 60% of the state median income level, you may qualify for heating assistance this winter through LEAP. The state median income level used for the 2019/2020 LEAP season was released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in July 2018.
The amount of the energy assistance benefit varies depending on a variety of factors, including the primary heating fuel costs and income. The program does not provide financial assistance for any type of temporary or portable heating. In most cases, the energy assistance benefit is paid directly to the household energy supplier.
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 any many more on our FAQ page by clicking the button below.
LEAP only accepts applications between November and April. Click the button below to get more information, including an application checklist to help you prepare your application.
If you're looking for assistance outside of that window, it may be available. Please call 1-866-HEAT-HELP (1-866-432-8435) for more information.
The Colorado Department of Human Services 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.