Small Business Advantage Grant Program

In July of each year, the Department of Environmental Protection accepts applications for the Pennsylvania Small Business Advantage Grant Program, with the availability of up to $1 million in grant funding for small businesses to purchase energy efficient or pollution prevention equipment, or adopt waste reduction processes. 

In 2016, an orthodontic office in Central PA received a $9,500 grant towards and upgrade to a digital oral scanner.  The upgrade saves the office more than $7,400 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 available 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. 

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 information about the Small Business Advantage Grant Program, view the Small Business Ombudsman’s office page of DEP’s website. 

Technical questions regarding the grant can be directed to or 717-772-5160.