Pennsylvania Small Business Advantage Grant Availability
[48 Pa.B. 4354]
[Saturday, July 21, 2018]
The Department of Environmental Protection (Department) announces the availability of up to $1 million in grant funding for the Commonwealth's Small Business Advantage Grant Program (Program). The Program assists small businesses to create energy efficiency, pollution prevention or natural resource conservation projects. With over 900,000 small businesses in this Commonwealth, well-designed projects help small businesses cut operating costs and complement the economy, while 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 $9,500. Eligible projects must save the small business a minimum of $500 and at least 25% annually in energy consumption or pollution related expenses.
This year, the Department will accept applications for natural resource protection projects focused on preventing soil erosion and improving water quality. Examples of eligible natural resource protection projects may include riparian buffer plantings, stream-bank fencing and barnyard runoff controls. 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.
To be considered for a Small Business Advantage Grant, the applicant must have 100 or fewer employees, be a for-profit small business owner and be taxed as a for-profit business in this Commonwealth. The project to which the grant will apply must be located in the applicant's land or facility in this Commonwealth.
Application guidance, required forms and information are located on the Department's web site at www.dep.pa.gov (search ''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. 18-1122. Filed for public inspection July 20, 2018, 9:00 a.m.]
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