The 2022-2023 Small Business Advantage Grant Program is still accepting applications but time is running short.
Approximately $500,000 remains available for projects that help small businesses increase energy efficiency, reduce pollution, or protect our waterways. Many different types of small businesses, from manufacturing to retail to agriculture, may be eligible for funding under this program. Funding is awarded first-come, first served so interested applicants should act fast! The application deadline for this year is March 24, 2023.
All program documents are available on the Small Business Advantage Grant Website.
About the Advantage Grant
The Pennsylvania Small Business Advantage Grant is a program designed to help small businesses in Pennsylvania with 100 or fewer employees purchase energy-efficient equipment or adopt pollution prevention measures. The grant provides funding of up to 50% of the eligible project cost, up to a maximum of $9,500. To be eligible for the grant, businesses must be located in Pennsylvania, have been in operation for at least one year, and be current on all taxes and regulatory requirements. The application process is competitive, and applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis until funding is exhausted. The program is administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.
Pennsylvania DEP is once again offering rebates to farms and agricultural producers in the Commonwealth for energy efficiency projects. The DEP Agriculture Energy Efficiency Rebate Program is now open in its second year. Applications are being accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis starting September 17, 2022 through March 31, 2023.
Implementing energy efficiency measures is typically one of the easiest ways for any small business, farm, or agricultural operation to reduce operational costs, save money, reduce waste, and do good for the environment.
Eligible projects for these rebates include LED lighting, variable frequency drives for milk vacuum pumps, ventilation fans, and refrigeration or cooling equipment.
Information on eligibility and rebate amounts can be found here.
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.