Grant opportunity available for small businesses, farmers

HARRISBURG, Aug. 20 – State Rep. Frank Burns detailed yet another state grant opportunity for area businesses this week.

The Small Business Advantage Grant program is currently accepting applications from farms and small businesses looking to improve their operations through energy efficiency, pollution prevention and natural resource protection.

“DEP is making a million dollars available for this program, and it’s awarding up to $5,000 for each grant so this program is a huge prospect for farms and businesses,” said Burns, D-Cambria. “I want to make sure eligible entities in my district have the same chance as any other entity in the state to apply, so that’s why I announce these opportunities, list them on my website and offer help with the application process.”

Grants are available for HVAC and boiler upgrades, high-efficiency LED lighting, solvent recovery and waste recycling systems, auxiliary power units that eliminate truck engine idling, and other projects that reduce energy use, as well as streambank buffers, livestock fencing, and other agricultural stormwater runoff management projects.

The Department of Environmental Protection will accept applications for this program until the funds are exhausted for this fiscal year. Those eligible are Pennsylvania small business owners and farmers with 100 or fewer full-time employees.

More information and how to apply is available at Those interested also may contact Burns’ office for more information and assistance.

The Small Business Advantage Grants program is funded through the Hazardous Sites Cleanup Act of 1988.