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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 22-1545



Availability of Grants through the Small Business Advantage Grant Program

[52 Pa.B. 6424]
[Saturday, October 8, 2022]

 The Department of Environmental Protection (Department) announces the availability of up to $1 million in grant funding for the 19th 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 Commonwealth's economy, while simultaneously protecting the environment.

 The Program is a first-come, first-served grant program that provides matching grants, ranging from a maximum of 50% or $5,000, up to 80% or $8,000, whichever is less. Maximum funding will vary based on project location and environmental impact. Eligible projects must save the small business a minimum of $500 per year and at least 20% in annual energy consumption or pollution-related expenses.

 Natural resource protection projects are exempt from the minimum savings requirements; however, projects must provide enough information to allow quantification of the sediment and nutrient diversion from the directly related receiving waterway to be eligible.

 To be eligible, the applicant's business must be Commonwealth-based, be registered to do business in the Commonwealth, and be a for-profit small business with 100 or fewer full-time equivalent (FTE) employees. The applicable grant project 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.

 Grants will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis in the order in which they are received, until March 24, 2023, or when funds are depleted, whichever occurs first.

 The Program guidelines, required forms and application instructions are available on the Department's web site at (select ''Residents,'' then ''Grants, Loans and Rebates,'' then under the Businesses headline ''Small Business Advantage Grant—for energy efficiency, pollution prevention, or natural resource protection efforts,'' then ''Small Business Advantage Grant program'').

 Applications must be submitted online through the Commonwealth's Electronic Single Application web site at Hardcopy applications will not be accepted. The Department will begin accepting applications on October 8, 2022. Applications must be received by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, March 24, 2023.

 For applicants who are deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind or have a speech disorder, the Pennsylvania Hamilton Relay Service is available by calling (800) 654-5984 (TTD users) or (800) 654-5988 (voice users), and request that the call be relayed to Samantha Harmon at (717) 783-0909.

ATTENTION: If you speak another language other than English, language assistance services can be made available to you. Call (717) 783-0909.

ATENCIóN: Si habla otro idioma que no sea el inglés, los servicios de asistencia lingüística pueden estar disponibles para usted. Llame al (717) 783-0909.

ACHTUNG: Wenn Sie eine andere Sprache als Englisch sprechen, können Ihnen Sprachunterstützungsdienste zur Verfügung gestellt werden. Rufen Sie (717) 783-0909 an.

 For further information, contact the Small Business Ombudsman Office by e-mail at RA-epAdvantage or by telephone at (717) 783-9640.

Acting Secretary

[Pa.B. Doc. No. 22-1545. Filed for public inspection October 7, 2022, 9:00 a.m.]

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