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Posted on: October 5, 2020

CARES funding is available for Saint Peter Residents

The City of Saint Peter created a residential utility bill assistance program through Minnesota Valley Action Council (MVAC), to help City utility customers with utility bills using CARES funds.

  • Households must be income eligible for Energy Assistance Program (EAP) which is 50% of the State Median income which will be verified through submission of three month's income and making sure the applicant completes an EAP 2020-2021 application. EAP 2020 recipients will receive a 2021 application by mail shortly and new applicants will be able to request one.
  • Households must not have other resources available to resolve the crisis/shut off situation. MVAC does not anticipate having EAP 2021 funds until mid-October or later. 
  • Households must have been impacted by COVID-19 as evidenced by the execution of a COVID-19 Certification.
  • MVAC will contact the City to confirm that the household/customer is in an emergency situation (disconnected, limiting meter installed, shut off pending) and how much is past due on the bill. If the customer qualifies, a portion of the City's CARES money (the $50,000) will be forwarded from MVAC to the City for payment of the utility bill. 
  • The utility customer will be notified by MVAC regarding how much was paid on the outstanding bill.
  • Please contact MVAC at 507-934-5224 for additional information or to apply.

Through federal CARES funding, Nicollet County has funds available to help with costs related to child care, housing, utilities, and other crisis needs related to COVID-19.

Child Care Funding

  • Funds are available for Nicollet County residents who are having difficulty paying for child care due to reasons related to COVID-19
  • Program ends on November 15, 2020
  • There are no income limits for this program
  • Get more information or fill out an application at
  • If you have questions, please contact Liz Johnson at 507.934.7168 or email

Crisis Funding Program

  • Funds are available for Nicollet County residents experiencing difficulty paying for housing, utilities, vehicle repairs, and/or funeral expenses that are related to a loss of income for reasons directly related to COVID-19
  • Applicants are not required to have an eviction notice
  • Applicants must also fill out our emergency assistance application. If an applicant is denied for emergency assistance, they may still qualify for our crisis funding program
  • Applicants must have income below 275% of the federal poverty guidelines
  • Program ends November 15, 2020
  • Get more information or fill out an application at
  • If you have questions, please contact Liz Johnson at 507.934.7168 or email

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