Superior Watershed Partnership Michigan Energy Assistance Program (SWP MEAP)


The SWP, in cooperation with St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP) and other project partners, is offering energy assistance for low-income UP residents during the 2016-2017 crisis season (October 3-S-ptember 30, 2017) or until funds are depleted.


  • Assistance with energy bills (for qualified applicants): financial assistance is available for electricity, natural gas, propane, fuel oil, and firewood.
  •  $3,000 cap for all combined energy types.
  • Energy Conservation & Budgeting Workshops
  • Weatherization referrals

In order to qualify for assistance, a family/household must be low-income with a total household income at or below the 150% US Federal Poverty Level. To view the 2016 Federal Poverty Eligibility chart, click here, or view the chart below:



When you apply you will be asked to provide all of the following to determine eligibility.


  1. Proof of income for everyone in their household for a minimum of 30 days prior to the request.
  2. Social Security numbers must be provided for everyone in the household.  A copy of the account holder’s Social Security card and State ID will be kept on file.
  3. Itemized utility bill (must have a past due balance or 25% or less of fuel or propane to qualify).
  4. Shut-off notice (if applicable).


  1. After approval of first request, clients are required to complete the Conservation and Budget Workshop online  (code: SWPMEAP) or in person, before returning for any additional requests.
  2. Clients must stay with one MEAP-funded agency during the entire grant term. The only exception is if a MEAP-funded agency depletes their direct energy assistance funding before the end of the grant term.


  1. After completion of first request, clients can apply directly to the SWP.
  2. Clients receive 4 LED A19 Lightbulbs at the first in person appointment.
  3. Clients receive 16 LED A19 Lightbulbs if they attend the workshop in person.

List of MEAP Funded Agencies (Clients can apply to the SWP after receiving MDHHS or LIHEAP funds, however, it will count against the SWP MEAP cap).  Clients that start with any other MEAP agency listed below will have to stay with the agency for the entire grant term unless that agency’s funds are depleted before the end of the energy crisis season.

Barry County United Way North Kent Community Services
Consumers Energy Semco Energy
DTE Energy Society of St. Vincent de Paul of the Archdiocese of Detroit
Flat River Outreach Ministries Superior Watershed Partnership
Lighthouse Emergency Services The Heat and Warmth Fund
Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) The Salvation Army
Michigan Community Action Agency TrueNorth Community Services
Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) United Way of Southeastern MI

HOW TO APPLY: THE SWP MEAP HAS LIMITED FUNDING AVAILABLE AND IS ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS (Starting 8/15/17) FOR THE 2016-2017 GRANT TERM UNTIL FUNDING IS EXHAUSTED. (This funding is for emergencies only. For deliverable fuel, please apply in October.)

    1. Download or pick up the application.   Make sure your cumulative (total) household income is at or below the 150% poverty level before completing the application (see chart above).  If your household qualifies, fill out forms completely.
    2. After your application and intake form are complete, call your local SWP MEAP Intake Agency to set up your appointment. Click here for a complete list of SWP MEAP Intake Agency Contacts.
    3. Bring the completed application and intake form to the appointment.  Also bring all the required documentation including:  itemized utility bill (must be past due to qualify for MEAP assistance) and shut-off notice (if applicable), Social Security cards for everyone in the household, official State or Federal ID for applicant and all proofs of income for the past 30 days from everyone in the household.  NOTE:  APPLICANT/ACCOUNT HOLDER ID MUST BE PRESENT AT THE APPOINTMENTUtility bill stub is not sufficient as it does not show the detailed break-down of your bill.  
    4. After your appointment, an intake representative will call you with the status of your application.  Please allow 10 business days after your appointment before calling your intake agency or the SWP for the status of your energy assistance.


Complete Application Packet

Zero Income Affidavit and Self-Employment Affidavit

Agency and Conference Contacts

How to Apply Directly to the SWP

Energy Conservation and Budgeting Workshop

Energy Saver Guide Tips on Saving Money and Energy at Home

Workshop Information


Still have questions?  Visit the State of Michigan website for more information on MEAP.


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 Marquette Better Buildings for Michigan

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The Marquette Better Buildings for Michigan Program was a part of a state-wide effort to bring voluntary home energy efficiency improvements to residents to help them save on their utility bills and feel more comfortable in their homes.

Marquette residents could choose from a Base Package that included simple energy efficiency improvements (CFLs, faucet aerators, etc) or an Enhanced Package that offer cost-sharing options for major home energy improvements (new windows, insulation, etc).

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The Superior Watershed Partnership supports kids (and parents) who conserve energy.  Learn more here.