2019 Small Business Advantage Grant
Announce the opening of the Department of Environmental Protection’s 2019 Small Business Advantage Grant. This grant provides Pennsylvania small businesses the opportunity to acquire energy efficient or pollution prevention technologies with a 50% reimbursement matching grant for equipment or materials.
Pennsylvania businesses with fewer than 100 full-time equivalent employees are eligible to apply. Applicants must be for-profit entities, be located in Pennsylvania, and registered with the Pennsylvania Department of State. Eligible projects must save the applicant a minimum of $500 annually and reduce their costs by a minimum of 25%. Applications are reviewed and awarded on a First-Come, First-Served basis. I recommend applying as soon as possible.
New this year is the opportunity for small businesses to implement solar thermal (hot water) projects. Solar hot water systems must function to serve the hot water needs of the small business. Solar projects generating electricity (PV) are not eligible.
We’ve created short instructional videos to assist small businesses with completing the application. The videos are project specific (Lighting Upgrades, Medical Equipment, Natural Resource Protection, Solar Hot Water and All Other Projects) and will make the application process easy for you. I highly recommend viewing the videos before starting the application process.
Interested applicants are encouraged to participate in a webinar held on Tuesday, July 30 at 11:00 a.m. The webinar will review the guidelines for the 2019-20 grant year. Applicants and contractors are encouraged to participate. To join the webinar, click here. Once at the website, if you have Skype, click on “Join with Skype for Business (desktop)”. If you do not have Skype, click on “Install and join with Skype Meetings App (web)” to run a temporary web application. To participate via audio only, call 267-332-8737, use conference ID number 4410 1371#.
All documents needed to apply for the grant, as well as the instructional videos, can be found at the Small Business Advantage Grant webpage. If you have any questions, please contact me at the number below, or Caroline Zepp at (717) 772-5160.
Once again, don’t delay in applying. Last year, the funds went quickly. We look forward to receiving your application and assisting you in any way we can. Have a nice weekend.
Ed Boito | Small Business Ombudsman
Department of Environmental Protection
Rachel Carson State Office Building
400 Market Street | Harrisburg, PA 17101