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Utilities Affordability Programs#

Looking for ways to lower your utility bill? Fort Collins Utilities partners with local organizations to provide:

For more information, contact utilitiesaffordability@fcgov.com.

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Which affordability programs do you qualify for?#

One-Time Payment Assistance#

Program Description Eligibility Requirements Funded and Supported by Fort Collins Utilities
Payment Assistance Fund

Households with a current past due notice may receive financial assistance once per 12-month cycle on their electric and/or water bill.

X
Low-Income Assistance Program (LEAP)

Help with wintertime heating costs.

Apply between Nov. 1–April 30.

LEAP establishes eligibility for other programs, including the Income-Qualified Assistance Program. 

  • 60% State Median Income
  • Permanent legal resident of the U.S. or have household members who are U.S. citizens
  • Pay home heating costs, either directly to utility company or to a landlord as part of rent
 
Neighbor to Neighbor Emergency Housing Assistance Program

Renters making 80% or less of the Area Median Income can qualify for both rent and utility assistance through Neighbor to Neighbor.

 

 

Monthly Payment Assistance#

Program Description Eligibility Requirements Funded and Supported by Fort Collins Utilities
Income-Qualified Assistance Program (IQAP) A reduced electric, water and/or wastewater rate that provides 23% off certain elements of these services. The program also facilitates efficiency and conservation opportunities to further lower bills. X
Medical Assistance Program (MAP) Qualifying households that require medically necessary electrical equipment or air conditioning may receive a discounted electric rate. X

Emergency Efficiency Installation and Repair Programs#

Program Description Eligibility Requirements Funded and Supported by Fort Collins Utilities
Crisis Intervention Program Free emergency furnace repair or replacement.  
Larimer Home Improvement Program (LHIP) Emergency assistance and low- to no-interest loans for home repairs and improvements.   

Non-Emergency Efficiency Installation and Repair Programs#

Program Description Eligibility Requirements Funded and Supported by Fort Collins Utilities
Larimer County Conservation Corps (LCCC) Water and Energy Program

Free home efficiency assessments and product installations through Larimer County Conservation Corps (LCCC). Equipment installed includes LED bulbs, sink aerators, showerheads and toilets. Assessments are offered January-May.

  • Fort Collins Utilities customer
  • Homeowner or renter
X
Colorado Affordable Residential Energy (CARE) Program Free money-saving weatherization and energy efficiency upgrades for qualifying households. X
Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) Free weatherization and energy efficiency upgrades are available for electric customers.
  • Income is less than 200% of the Federal Poverty Level
  • Automatically qualify if receiving assistance from LEAP, Supplemental Security Income, SNAP, TANF, AND or OAP
 

 

Additional Affordability Resources#

Additional Affordability Resources

Neighbor to Neighbor Emergency Housing Assistance Program: Renters making 80% or less of the Area Median Income, can qualify for both rent and utility assistance through Neighbor to Neighbor.

Xcel Gas and Electric Affordability Program: Qualified Xcel customers may receive non-emergency energy assistance.

United Way 2-1-1: Information and referral service that provides a comprehensive list of community resources.

Fort Collins Recreation Department Reduced Fee Program: The reduced fee program provides people who qualify the opportunity to participate in Recreation programs at a significant discount.

City Discount Programs, Rebates and Services: City of Fort Collins offers numerous discounts, rebates, and services for qualifying citizens – including a grocery tax rebate, free indoor air quality assessments, and many more.