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Pennsylvania Small Business Advantage Grant Availability

[47 Pa.B. 4041]
[Saturday, July 22, 2017]

 The Department of Environmental Protection (Department) announces the availability of up to $1 million in grant funding for the 14th year of the Commonwealth's Small Business Advantage Grant Program (Program) for small businesses that adopt or acquire equipment or processes that promote pollution prevention or energy efficiency projects, or both. With over 900,000 small businesses in this Commonwealth, a well-designed energy efficiency or pollution prevention project can help small businesses cut operating costs and complement the economy, while simultaneously protecting the environment.

 The Program is a first-come, first-served grant program that provides up to 50% reimbursement matching grants, up to a maximum of $9,500 for pollution prevention and energy efficiency projects, and up to a maximum of $7,000 for lighting-only projects. Eligible projects must save the small business a minimum of $500 and at least 25% annually in energy consumption or pollution related expenses.

 An eligible applicant must have 100 or fewer employees, be a for-profit small business owner and be taxed as a for-profit business located within this Commonwealth. The project to which the grant will apply must be located within the applicant's Commonwealth facility.

 For the first time, the application process will be online through the Department of Community and Economic Development's electronic single application web site at https://www.esa.dced.state.pa.us/Login.aspx. Paper and faxed applications will no longer be accepted.

 Application guidance, required forms and information are located on the Department's web site at www.dep.pa.gov (search ''Small Business Advantage Grants,'' then click on ''Small Business Ombudsman's Office.'')

 Contact the Department's Small Business Ombudsman Office at (717) 772-5160 or epAdvantageGrant@pa.gov for further information.

PATRICK McDONNELL, 
Secretary

[Pa.B. Doc. No. 17-1217. Filed for public inspection July 21, 2017, 9:00 a.m.]



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