Small Business Advantage Grant Program

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is now accepting new applications for the Pennsylvania Small Business Advantage Grant Program, with the availability of up to $1 million in grant funding for small businesses to adopt or acquire equipment or processes that promote energy efficiency or pollution prevention. 

In 2016, an orthodontic office in Central PA received a $9,500 grant towards an upgrade to a digital oral scanner.  The upgrade saves the office more than $7400 per year on dental supplies, eliminates nearly 400 pounds of materials from their annual waste stream, and saves $300 annually on their water and sewage costs. 

The program is on a first-come, first-served basis, and provides up to 50 percent reimbursement matching grants, up to a maximum of $9,500.  Eligible projects must save the small business a minimum of $500 and at least 25% annually in energy consumption or pollution related expenses. 

Equipment or processes, purchased or installed, prior to July 25, 2017 are ineligible. 

In addition, the following projects are not eligible for the Advantage Grant Program:
  • Various electrical and non-electrical equipment for lighting upgrades
  • Technology that is infeasible, unproven, unsound or unsafe
  • Window and through-wall air conditioning units
  • No vending or coin operated machines
  • Waste or recycling dumpsters 
  • Transportation containers
  • Composting receptacles
  • Thermostats
  • Weather related projects including roofing, siding, windows, doors and insulation/air sealing
  • Used or refurbished equipment
  • Routine maintenance or repair of existing equipment of processes
     
Funding is limited and applications are reviewed in the order in which they are received until the appropriated grant monies have been depleted.  At that point, applications will be put on a waitlist in the event additional funding becomes available during the fiscal year.  

For the first time this year, the application process will be online through the Department of Community and Economic Development’s electronic single application website at https://www.esa.dced.state.pa.us/Login.aspx. Paper and faxed applications will no longer be accepted. 

To see if you qualify for the Small Business Advantage Grant Program, obtain more information about the program, please visit DEP’s website at http://www.dep.pa.gov , search “Small Business Advantage Grants,” then click on “Small Business Ombudsman’s Office.”

Any questions or concerns regarding eligibility should be directed to the Small Business Ombudsman’s Office by email at epadvantagegrant@pa.gov or phone at 717-772-5160, prior to submitting an application.