Grants aid farms, small businesses
HARRISBURG — Grant funding for energy efficiency and pollution prevention projects for small business owners and farmers is still available from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection through the Small Business Advantage Grant program.
“This grant program was created with small businesses and farmers in mind,” said DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell. “There are tremendous monetary savings available to Pennsylvania’s small business owners by installing energy-efficient equipment, such as boilers, LED lighting and Energy Star certified heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems. Pennsylvania farmers can also benefit by using these funds to undertake projects which will divert sediment and nutrient runoff from our waterways.”
Pennsylvania farmers and other small business owners with 100 or fewer full-time employees are eligible for the grants. Projects must save the business a minimum of $500 and 25% annually in energy consumption or pollution related expenses. Natural resource protection projects are exempt from the minimums; however, the projects must be able to quantify sediment and nutrient reductions into nearby waterways.
Businesses can apply for 50% matching funds for equipment or materials, up to $7,000, when adopting energy-efficient or pollution prevention equipment or processes. Applications are considered on a first come, first served basis, and will be accepted until fiscal year 2020-21 funds are exhausted, or April 12, 2021, whichever occurs first.
The complete grant application package is available by visiting the DEP Small Business Ombudsman’s Office’s site.
To contact the Small Business Ombudsman’s Office, call 717-772-5160 or email email@example.com.