The Department of Environmental Protection’s 2018 Small Business Advantage Grant is now available. This grant provides Pennsylvania small businesses the opportunity to acquire energy efficient or pollution prevention technologies with a 50% matching grant for equipment or materials.
Who is eligible?
- 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.
New this year is the opportunity for small businesses in the Agricultural Sector to implement natural resource protection projects designed to reduce nutrient and sediment runoff into the Commonwealth’s streams and rivers. 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. Our staff can assist with those calculations.
Also new this year, we’ve created short instructional videos to assist applicants with completing the application. The videos are project specific (Lighting Upgrades, Medical X-Ray Upgrades, Natural Resource Protection, and All Other Projects) and are designed to make the application process as easy as possible. I highly recommend viewing the videos before starting the application process.
All documents needed to apply for the grant, as well as the instructional videos, can be found at the bottom of the Small Business Advantage Grant webpage. If you have any questions, please feel to contact Caroline Zepp at 717.772.5160.