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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 20-999



Availability of Grants through the Small Business Advantage Grant Program

[50 Pa.B. 3803]
[Saturday, July 25, 2020]

 The Department of Environmental Protection (Department) announces the availability of up to $1 million in grant funding for the 17th 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 in this Commonwealth. Applicants should not have current environmental violations or obligations due to the Commonwealth.

 The Program guidelines and application instructions are available on the Department's web site at (select ''Businesses,'' then ''Small Businesses,'' then ''Small Business Advantage Grant'') or by contacting the Small Business Ombudsman Office at (717) 772-5160.

 All applications must be submitted through the Commonwealth's Electronic Single Application web site at Applications are now being accepted. Applications will be reviewed in the order in which they are received.

 For more information on the Program, e-mail or contact the Small Business Ombudsman Office at (717) 772-5160.


[Pa.B. Doc. No. 20-999. Filed for public inspection July 24, 2020, 9:00 a.m.]

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