Governor Tom Corbett today encouragedÂ PennsylvaniaÂ small-business owners to apply for DEP’s Small Business Advantage Grant to finance pollution prevention and energy efficiency projects.
Businesses can apply for 50-percent matching funds of up toÂ $9,500Â to adopt or acquire energy-efficient or pollution-prevention equipment or procedures.
Applicants must be a for-profit corporation, limited liability corporation, partnership, sole proprietorship or other legal entity with 100 or fewer full-time employees. The grant-supported project must be located inÂ Pennsylvania, be owned by the applicant and save the business at least 25 percent plusÂ $500Â in annual energy consumption or in pollution handling or prevention related expenses.
Eligible projects include HVAC and boiler upgrades, high-efficiency lighting, solvent recovery systems, waste recycling systems and auxiliary power units deployed as anti-idling technology for trucks.
“Supporting projects that promote energy efficiency, especially in small businesses, will help keepÂ PennsylvaniaÂ on the path to energy independence,” Corbett said.
The application deadline isÂ Sept. 6. Eligible applications will be approved on a first-come, first-served basis fromÂ July 8 through Sept. 6Â or until funds are exhausted, whichever comes first. Funding is eligible for those costs incurred betweenÂ July 8, 2013andÂ June 30, 2014.
Applications must be mailed to the Department of Environmental Protection’s Grant Center, P.O. Box 8776,Â Harrisburg, PA17105-8776 or hand delivered to DEP’s Grant Center, 15th Floor, Rachel Carson State Office Building, 400 Market St.,Harrisburg, PAÂ 17101-2301.Â Faxes or electronic submissions will not be accepted.
For more information and to view the application package, instructions and application form, visitÂ www.dep.state.pa.us and click on the “Small Business Advantage Grant” button. To contact the Small Business Ombudsman’s Office, call 717-772-8909 or emailÂ firstname.lastname@example.org.