SMALL BUSINESS ADVANTAGE GRANT Open to new applications

The PA Department of Environmental Protection’s Small Business Grant is still open and accepting applications from Pennsylvania’s small businesses and farmers.
Grants can be used for upgrading lighting, replacing inefficient HVAC systems and boilers, APUs for the trucking industry, upgrading to digital X-Ray equipment, and installing agricultural BMPs which reduce sediment and nutrients from reaching our state’s waterways.
Small business can begin save money now by upgrading the systems at their business! The program has over $300,000 remaining, with projects funded on a First-Come, First-Served basis.

The Small Business Advantage Grant provides 50% matching grants, up to a maximum of $9,500 to enable Pennsylvania small businesses to purchase energy efficient or pollution prevention equipment, or adopt waste reduction processes.

SMALL BUSINESS ADVANTAGE GRANT CASE STUDY

An eight employee orthodontic office in Central PA received a $9,500 grant to upgrade to a digital oral scanner. They are saving more than $7,400 per year on dental supplies, eliminating nearly 400 pounds of materials from their annual waste stream, and saving $300 on their water and sewage costs. The simple payback period for their portion of the cost is less than three years.

This scanner has improved office efficiency and vastly decreased disposable materials. Overall patient procedure is more comfortable – Dr. Nancy O., Small Business Owner

Pennsylvania-based businesses with 100 or fewer full-time employees are eligible. Eligible applications are considered on a first-come, first-served basis, and must save the small business a minimum of $500 and at least 25% annually in energy consumption or pollution prevention related expenses (Natural Resource Protection projects are exempt).

More information is available at the Small Business Advantage Grant website.