Funding Information

Funding Opportunities

There may be opportunities available to fund environmental or energy related projects that will improve the bottom line for your business.

(NOTE: Fund availability varies - if applications are closed, be sure to check back periodically)

Energy Efficiency & Pollution Prevention

Small Business Advantage Program
Grant funds for pollution prevention and energy efficiency upgrades. Under the program, 50% matching grants up to a maximum of $9,500 are available. Check with DEP Grants and Loans Resource for current information on when the program is accepting applications.

Tax Deductions for Energy Efficient Commercial Buildings
Tax credits for commercial buildings expired on December 31, 2016.

USDA Energy Efficiency and Conservation Loan Program (EECLP)
This program provides loans to finance energy efficiency and conservation projects for commercial, industrial, and residential consumers. With the EECLP, eligible utilities, including existing Rural Utilities Service borrowers can borrow money tied to Treasury rates of interest and re-lend the money to develop new and diverse energy service products within their service territories.

Pollution Prevention Assistance Account Loan Program
The Small Business Pollution Prevention Assistance Account (PPAA) Loan Program provides low interest loans to small businesses undertaking projects (located within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania) that reduce waste, pollution, or energy use. This funding can help small businesses comply with environmental regulations while receiving the economic benefits of preventing pollution and using energy more efficiently.

Resource Enhancement and Protection Act (REAP) Tax Credit Program
Eligible farmers can receive up to $150,000 in tax credits for single or multiple projects, and they can choose to apply the credits to their own tax bill or sell them to another taxpayer. Businesses that help finance a project on a private farm can also receive the tax credits.

Rural Energy for America Program Renewable Energy Systems & Energy Efficiency Improvement Loans and Grants

This program provides guaranteed loan financing and grant funding to agricultural producers and rural small businesses for renewable energy systems or to make energy efficiency improvements.

Clean Energy & Alternative Fuels

Alternative Fuels Incentive Grants (AFIG)

The Pennsylvania FAST Act Alternative Fuel Corridor Infrastructure solicitation is a special solicitation under the Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant Program (AFIG) designed to support the installation of alternative fuel infrastructure along Pennsylvania Interstate Highway Corridors. Grants will be available to install: public-use electric, hydrogen, propane, and compressed natural gas refueling infrastructure along the highway corridors in Pennsylvania.

The Institute for Energy at St. Francis University is currently able to offer farms and businesses free resource assessment reports to help you make wise energy decisions. You will be provided with a detailed wind and solar analysis, along with geothermal, hydro and biomass potentials and suggestions for improving energy efficiency.

Pennsylvania Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency
DSIRE is a comprehensive source of information on state, local, utility, and federal incentives that promote renewable energy and energy efficiency.

DCED/DEP Alternative and Clean Energy Program provides funding in the form of grants and loans for eligible projects that provide for the utilization, development and construction of clean and renewable energy projects. (temporarily closed)

Solar Energy Program provides funding to promote the activity and use of solar energy and the manufacture and assembly of solar equipment.

Storage Tanks

Pennsylvania offers several programs to help pay for cleaning, remediation and upgrade of underground storage tanks (USTs). For more information, visit the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection website.

The Underground Storage Tank Indemnification Fund (USTIF) will pay claims from eligible UST owners for the costs of cleanup, remediation, and third party damages as a result of a release. This fund, which started in February 1994, is financed through fees assessed to underground storage tank owners or operators.

UNDERGROUND HEATING OIL TANK CLEANUP REIMBURSEMENT GRANT PROGRAM is administered by DEP's Storage Tank Cleanup Program and will pay eligible heating oil tank owners (3,000 gallons or less) for the costs of corrective action associated with a release. The reimbursement is limited to the actual costs of corrective action or $4,000, whichever is less. However, a $1,000 deductible, must be paid first by the tank owner. The reimbursement and deductible apply on a per tank basis. All reimbursements are funded through the Underground Storage Tank Indemnification Fund and up to $500,000 per year may be available. (Note: funds have been depleted as of June 30, 2017.)

UST Pollution Prevention Program (Pump and Plug) provides grants of up to $2,500 to encourage tank owners to take measures to prevent accidental spills from unused and unsafe tanks.

Water Quality

State funding programs are primarily intended for municipalities, however, some funding is available for industry.

Other

Small Business Innovation Research Grant
Program provides substantial grants to strengthen the role of small businesses in federally funded R&D and help develop a stronger national base for technical innovation. CLICK HERE to learn more.

Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA)
PIDA provides low-interest loans and lines of credit for eligible businesses that commit to creating and retaining full-time jobs and for the development of industrial parks and multi-tenant facilities.  Loan applications are packaged and underwritten by a network of certified economic development organizations (CEDOs) that partner with PIDA to administer the program.