Welcome to Bridge to Benefits

Bridge to Benefits is a multi-state project by Children’s Defense Fund-Minnesota to improve the well-being of families and individuals by linking them to public work support programs and tax credits. By answering a few simple questions, you will be able to see if you or someone else may be eligible for public work support programs. We will NOT ask you for information that identifies you. 
It's easy, confidential and free!

NOTE: This screening tool does not determine eligibility. It is only a guideline. After using this screening tool, you must apply to each program to be sure your are eligible.


Energy Assistance Available Until July 1 This Year

The Energy Assistance Program (EAP) helps low-income households pay their energy bills and can help with energy crisis events such as shut-offs, disconnections and a low or empty fuel tank. Usually the program runs from October through May each year.

This year, EAP has an opportunity to serve more households and offer additional benefits to households that have already been served.  The opportunity arose because program participation is down due to the improving economy and a mild winter that kept energy and fuel costs lower than expected.

With funds still available, EAP is reaching out to eligible Minnesotans who have difficulty paying their energy bills and encouraging them to apply.  The deadline for EAP applications has been extended to July 1, 2016 and the maximum benefit for households experiencing an energy emergency (such as a shut-off, threat to disconnect or low fuel tank) has been raised from $500 to $1,000.

You can find out if you might be eligible for EAP and how to contact your EAP provider by completing a Bridge to Benefits screen. You can also find contact information for your EAP provider under the Bridge to Benefits Program Directory (to the left).  

Free Tax Preparation Available

Get your taxes done at no cost at a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) site.  Free tax preparation is now available at a variety of locations across Minnesota now through April 15, 2016. 


Postsecondary Child Care Grant Program

The Postsecondary Child Care Grant Program helps low income students who have young children pay for child care while the student attends classes. 

Prepare and Prosper's Money Mentors

Preprare + Prosper invites you to take part in their financial coaching program, Money Mentors. Selected participants will work with a volunteer financial coach over 6 or 12 months to take steps to reach financial goals.

Q & A on the Affordable Care Act

Children's Defense Fund-Minnesota put together a Question & Answer on what you need to know about the Affordable Care Act and how you may benefit from full implementation of the law. Learn more.

Low-cost home internet services

Comcast and CenturyLink now offer low-cost internet services plan for $9.95 plus tax per month for qualifying low-income families.