The Department of Environmental Protection’s 2019 Small-Business Advantage Grant program is now accepting applications. These grants provide Pennsylvania small businesses the opportunity to acquire energy-efficient or pollution-prevention technologies with a 50% matching grant for equipment or materials.
Pennsylvania small businesses with fewer than 100 employees are eligible to apply. Applicants must be for-profit entities, be located in Pennsylvania, and registered with the Pennsylvania Department of State. Eligible projects must save the applicant a minimum of $500 annually and reduce their costs by a minimum of 25%.
Applications are reviewed and awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so apply as soon as possible.
New this year is the opportunity for small businesses to implement solar thermal (hot water) projects. Solar hot water systems must function to serve the hot water needs of the small business. Solar projects generating electricity (PV) are not eligible. Eligible projects will include riparian buffer plantings, installation of exclusionary streambank fencing, or other agricultural stormwater best management practices as defined in the official Grant Guidance Document. Natural-resource protection projects are exempt from the $500/25% minimum savings; however, the projects must be able to quantify nutrient and sediment runoff from the receiving waterway. DEP staff can assist with those calculations.
DEP has released short instructional videos to assist applicants with completing the application. The videos are project specific and are designed to make the application process as easy as possible.
Webinar for Applicants
Interested applicants are encouraged to participate in a webinar on Tuesday, July 30 at 11:00 a.m. Should you want to join via the audio conference only, please call 267-332-8737 and use access code: 4410 1371#.
How to Apply
All documents needed to apply for the grant, as well as the instructional videos, can be found at the Small Business Advantage Grant webpage. If you have any questions, contact Ed Boito at 717-783-0909 or Caroline Zepp at 717-772-5160.