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Bridge to Benefits

bridgetobenefitsAre you struggling with food, heating, health care and child care assistance?

If so, you can see if you might qualify for these public assistance programs at: is free, confidential and easy!

What is this?

This screening tool can help people in North Dakota learn if they may be able to get benefits from the programs below:
• Caring for Children
• Child Care Assistance Program
• Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)
• Healthy Steps
• Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
• Medicaid (pregnant women and children to age 6)
• Medicaid (ages 6-18)
• School Meal Program
• Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

If it looks like you or your family will qualify, it will tell you how to apply for these programs.


This screening tool does not apply for programs for you. If you appear eligible for one or more programs, you will still have to apply for each program by mail or in person. It will tell you how to apply and help you find someone to help you complete the application.

This screening tool also does not guarantee that you will be able to get help. It is a good guess. You will still have to apply for each program to find out if you qualify.

Last, this screening tool does not ask for any personal information that could identify you. It cannot tell who you are by your answers. Your privacy is protected.

Who are we?

Bridge to Benefits is a multi-state project sponsored by Children¹s Defense Fund Midwest Region to improve the well-being of low-income families and individuals by linking them to public work support programs and tax credits. A core component of the project is an online screening tool designed to help families and individuals understand if they are eligible for several public work support programs and the Earned Income Tax Credit.

This site was created through the assistance of North Dakota KIDS COUNT at North Dakota State University, whose mission is to provide accurate, current data on child well-being in order to inform local and state discussions about how to secure better futures for all of North Dakota’s children. Their web site is located at

The mission of the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) is to Leave No Child Behind and to ensure every child a Healthy Start, a Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe Start, and a Moral Start in life and successful passage to adulthood with the help of caring families and communities. Their national web site is: