WEST CHESTER (August 24, 2018) – State Senator Andy Dinniman announced today that $1 million in total grant funding is available for farmers and small-business owners who take on pollution prevention, energy efficiency, and natural resource protection projects through the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s Small Business Advantage Grant Program,

In addition, for the first time, farmers and ranchers will be able to take advantage of these grants to reduce pollution on working lands.

“Many small businesses have found that these grants can go a long way in helping them realize the advantages of investing in energy efficiency upgrades that cut operating costs, increase profitability, and benefit our environment,” Dinniman said. “And now, we’ve expanded the program to agriculture, so farmers can implement projects that protect our natural resources.”

Eligible projects are those that adopt or acquire equipment or processes that reduce energy use or pollution. Examples of eligible projects are HVAC and boiler upgrades, high-efficiency lighting, solvent recovery and waste recycling systems, and auxiliary power units deployed as anti-idling technology for trucks.

Natural resource protection projects include the opportunity to plant riparian buffers, install streambank fencing to keep livestock out of streams, and agricultural stormwater management projects, with the goal of reducing sediment and nutrient loads in our waterways.

Businesses can apply for 50 percent matching grants of up to $9,500 to adopt or acquire energy-efficient or pollution prevention equipment or processes.

Applicants must be a for-profit corporation, LLC, partnership, sole proprietorship or other legal entity with 100 or fewer full-time employees based in Pennsylvania. The grant-supported project must be located in Pennsylvania.

Eligible projects must save the business a minimum of $500 and at least 25 percent annually in energy consumption or pollution prevention related expenses. Only costs incurred between July 20, 2018, and June 30, 2019, are eligible.

Eligible applications will be approved on a first-come, first-served basis until funds are exhausted. Applications will be accepted until funds are exhausted or on April 19, 2019, whichever comes first.

Last year, DEP awarded 150 grants totaling nearly $1 million to Pennsylvania businesses to support pollution prevention and energy efficient upgrades.

Past recipients in Chester County have utilized the grant funding to upgrade lighting, HVAC systems, replace oil-fired burners with high-efficiency gas-fired burners, and install tankless water heaters.

The program is funded by the Hazardous Sites Cleanup Act.

All applications must be submitted through the Commonwealth’s Single Application for Assistance website. Printed, faxed, and mailed applications are not accepted.

The complete Grant Application package, which includes step-by-step instructions for completing the online application as well as all related forms, is available by visiting the DEP Small Business Ombudsman’s Office website.

To participate via audio, call 1-650-479-3208 and use access code 648 800 096.

To contact the Small Business Ombudsman’s Office, call 717-772-5160 or email epadvantagegtrant@pa.gov.