Small Business Advantage Grant Availability
[49 Pa.B. 3975]
[Saturday, July 27, 2019]
The Department of Environmental Protection (Department) announces the availability of up to $1 million in grant funding for the 16th year of the Commonwealth's Small Business Advantage Grant Program (Program). The Program assists small businesses undertaking energy efficiency, pollution prevention or natural resource conservation projects. With nearly 1 million small businesses in this Commonwealth, well-designed projects can help small businesses cut operating costs and grow the economy, while simultaneously protecting the environment.
The Program is a first-come, first-served grant program that provides up to 50% matching grants, up to a maximum of $7,000, depending on the project. Eligible projects must save the small business a minimum of $500 per year and at least 25% in annual energy consumption or pollution-related expenses.
Natural resource protection projects are exempt from the minimum savings requirements; however, projects must quantify the sediment and nutrient diversion from the directly related receiving waterway to be eligible.
An eligible applicant must have 100 or fewer full-time equivalent employees, be a registered for-profit small business and be taxed as a for-profit business located within this Commonwealth. The project to which the grant will apply must be undertaken in or on a facility located in this Commonwealth. Applicants may not have current environmental violations or obligations due to the Commonwealth.
Application guidance, required forms and information are located on the Department's web site at www.dep.pa.gov (select ''Residents,'' then ''Grants, Loans and Rebates,'' then ''Small Business Ombudsman's Office,'' then ''Small Business Advantage Grant'').
For further information, contact the Department's Small Business Ombudsman Office at epAdvantageGrant@pa.gov or (717) 772-5160.
[Pa.B. Doc. No. 19-1146. Filed for public inspection July 26, 2019, 9:00 a.m.]
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