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Environmental Management Assistance Program

2023 DEP Small Business Advantage Grant

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The Pennsylvania DEP’s Small Business Advantage Grant program is now open and is accepting applications as of August 18, 2023. This grant program is an excellent opportunity for Pennsylvania small businesses to reduce their environmental impact while reducing operating costs, eliminating pollution, and become more efficient.

The Small Business Advantage Grant (SBAG) is a grant program providing 50 percent matching grants, with a maximum grant award varying from up to $5,000 to up to $8,000, to enable a Pennsylvania small business to invest in pollution prevention measures, install energy efficient equipment, or implement natural resource protection projects. Well-designed energy efficient or pollution prevention projects can help small businesses cut costs and reduce the risk of regulatory issues, while simultaneously protecting the environment.

Larger grant award amounts will be given preference to projects that are located in an environmental justice area in Pennsylvania.  A small business can find out if they are located in an EJ area by using DEP’s EJ Areas Viewer interactive map.

Examples of eligible projects for the Small Business Advantage Grant include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Energy efficient LED lighting,
  • High efficiency furnaces, boilers and air conditioners,
  • Digital X-ray equipment,
  • Water & waste recycling processes,
  • Solvent recovery systems,
  • Agricultural BMPs.

Advantage Grant applications are reviewed and awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis. Pennsylvania businesses with fewer than 100 full-time employees are eligible to apply.  Applicants must be for-profit entities located in Pennsylvania and registered with the PA Department of State.  Eligible projects must save the applicant a minimum of $500 annually and save operating costs by a minimum of 25%.

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Jeremy Hancher is the EMAP Program Manager located at the Widener University SBDC.  He holds over 15 years of experience in environmental compliance, environmental policy, and program management.  He is proud to be the team lead of the award-winning EMAP program which provides free and confidential environmental assistance to the Pennsylvania small business community in fulfillment of the requirements of the Pennsylvania Air Pollution Control Act and Section 507 of the federal Clean Air Act.
In 2015, Jeremy was part of the team effort when EMAP was recognized by US EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy for Outstanding Accomplishments by a State Small Business Environmental Assistance Provider in Providing Technical Environmental Assistance to the Small Business Community. Jeremy holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh, a Master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and a certificate from the Wharton School.