Low-Income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP)

The Gunnison/Hinsdale Department of Human Services normally accepts applications from November through April each year.

Gunnison County Electric Association (GCEA) members may obtain applications by:

LEAP is designed to help low-income households meet their winter home heating costs; it does not pay the entire cost of home heating. LEAP is a federally funded program made available to Coloradans through the Colorado Department of Human Services. The program is administered locally at Gunnison Health and Human Services.


To be eligible for benefits:

  • Households must pay heating costs to a utility company or fuel supplier, or pay heating costs as part of their rent
  • Household income may not exceed 60% of the State Median Income

How to Apply

Members must submit:

  • The filled-out LEAP Application Form (PDF)
  • A copy of their most recent heating bill or rent receipt that shows a specific amount paid every month for heating costs (if heat is included in the rent)
  • Proof of income for all members of the household who work
  • A signed affidavit
  • A copy of a valid Colorado picture ID