FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
State Rep. Phyllis Mundy
Grant program helps small businesses save money, protect the environment
HARRISBURG, Aug.17 – State Rep. Phyllis Mundy announced that grants are available to help small business owners prevent pollution or save money by becoming more energy efficient.
Businesses can apply for 50 percent matching funds of up to $9,500 to buy or adopt energy-efficient or pollution-prevention equipment or procedures through the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection's Small Business Advantage Grant program, Mundy said.
"This program helps small businesses minimize their impact on our environment while improving their bottom line," said Mundy, D-Luzerne. "I encourage Luzerne County small business owners to see if they can benefit from this program."
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 project must be in a Pennsylvania facility owned by the applicant and must save the business at least 25 percent, plus $750, annually in energy or pollution-related expenses.
Applicants may be manufacturers, retailers, service providers, mine operators or agricultural businesses. 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.
For more information about project eligibility, contact the Small Business Ombudsman’s Office at 717-772-8909 or email email@example.com before submitting an application.
The application deadline is Sept. 26. Eligible applications will be approved on a first-come basis until funds are exhausted.
For more information and to view the application package, instructions and application form, visit www.dep.state.pa.us and click on the “Small Business Advantage Grant” button, or call 717-772-8909. Applications must be mailed or hand-delivered to the Department of Environmental Protection, Office of Ext. Affairs, Attn: Small Business Advantage, P.O. Box 8772, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8772. Faxes or electronic submissions will not be accepted.