Snyder announces grant opportunities for small businesses, farmers

Grants to fund energy efficiency, pollution control, environmental protection projects

HARRISBURG, July 31 – Small businesses and farmers are encouraged to apply for state grant funding that can be used for energy efficiency, pollution prevention and natural resource protection projects, state Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, announced today.

Snyder said grant funding of $1 million is available from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection to encourage small businesses and farms to utilize “green” technology and become more energy efficient, while also reducing operating costs.

“I encourage these businesses and farmers to apply, because it allows them to make vital improvements that boost efficiency and cut operating expenses, while at the same time helping to protect the environment,” Snyder said. “This funding can be used for a variety of projects, including HVAC and boiler upgrades, installation of solar-powered or high-efficiency lighting, solvent recovery and waste recycling systems, and auxiliary power units deployed as anti-idling technology for trucks.”

In addition, funding is also available for natural resource protection projects, including streambank fencing to keep livestock out of streams and agricultural stormwater systems to reduce sediment in waterways.

Small business owners with 100 or fewer full-time employees are eligible, and the project to be funded must save the business a minimum of $500 and 25% annually in energy consumption or pollution-related expenses.

Businesses can apply for 50% matching funds of up to $7,000 to adopt or acquire energy efficient or pollution-prevention equipment or processes. Only costs incurred between July 1 and June 30, 2020, are eligible. The grants are awarded on a first-come basis, and applications will be accepted until fiscal year 2019-20 funds are exhausted or April 12, whichever occurs first.

All applications must be submitted through the Commonwealth’s Single Application for Assistance at https://bit.ly/2OcsdSB. Printed, faxed and mailed applications are not accepted.

The complete grant application package, which includes step-by-step instructions for completing the on-line application, as well as all related forms, is available by visiting the DEP Small Business Ombudsman’s Office website at https://bit.ly/2JQp9be.