The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is inviting manufacturers, retailers, service providers, and other small businesses to apply for a Small Business Advantage Grant to finance pollution prevention and energy-efficiency projects.

The $1,000,000 grant is designed to assist small businesses in employing pollution prevention or energy efficiency measures into their operations.  Pennsylvania-based small businesses with less than 100 employees are eligible.  Businesses are able to receive a 50% reimbursement match on new equipment or processes which save a minimum of $500 and reduce their energy or waste by 25% per year.  The grant maximum is $9,500 for energy efficiency or pollution projects, or $7,000 for lighting-only upgrades. Grants are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

New this year is an on-line application process, making it easier to apply and paper applications will no longer be accepted. There is a webinar planned to take businesses step-by-step through procedures for completing the application.  The webinar will also provide a discussion on program changes for 2017. The 1-Hour webinar will be held on Friday, July 28 at 11:00 a.m.  The Internet and call-in information is:

Web Link                    

For Audio only:                   Phone Number:    1-650-479-3208      Passcode:  648 338 625

The full 2017 Grant Guidance, including all requirements, step-by-step instructions, and other necessary forms can be found on DEP’s Small Business Advantage Grant webpage.