Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection is offering Small Business Advantage grants of up to $9,500 for pollution-prevention and energy-efficiency projects. The grants will provide up to 50% matching funds, up to $9,500 for the purchase of energy-efficient or pollution-prevention equipment or procedures.
"Supporting projects that promote energy efficiency, especially in small businesses, will help keep Pennsylvania on the path to energy independence," noted Governor Tom Corbett in making the announcement early this week.
Applicants must be a for-profit corporation, limited liability corporation, partnership, sole proprietorship or other legal entity with 100 or fewer full-time employees. That means most farms will qualify.
The grant-supported project must be located in Pennsylvania, be owned by the applicant and save the business at least 25% plus $500 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.
The application deadline is Sept. 6. Eligible applications will be approved on a first-come, first-served basis from now through Sept. 6 or until funds are exhausted, whichever comes first. So hustle if you're interested in applying.
Funding is eligible for costs incurred between July 8, 2013 and June 30, 2014.
Applications must be mailed to the Department of Environmental Protection's Grant Center, P.O. Box 8776, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8776 or hand delivered to DEP's Grant Center, 15th Floor, Rachel Carson State Office Building, 400 Market St., Harrisburg, PA 17101-2301. Faxes or electronic submissions won't be accepted.
For more details and to view the application package, instructions and application form, visit www.dep.state.pa.us. Click on the "Small Business Advantage Grant" button.