The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today announced that they have awarded more than $57,905 in grants to help nine small businesses across Pennsylvania invest in energy efficiency or pollution prevention projects.
Pennsylvania’s Small Business Advantage Grant program, funded through the Hazardous Sites Cleanup Act, assists small businesses with fewer than 100 employees. It provides 50-percent matching reimbursement grants of up to $7,500 to implement projects that will save $1,000, in addition to 25 percent annually in pollution prevention or energy-related costs. Since 2004, the program has invested $6.1 million in 1,571 small businesses statewide.
One of the nine businesses received funding from the Storm Relief Grant program, which offers a maximum 50-percent reimbursement, up to $9,500, for small businesses that sustained storm damage in counties that were declared eligible for federal disaster relief following last year’s floods.
The businesses that were awarded grants are listed below:
- Allegheny County – Quick Car Wash, Pittsburgh – $6,062
- Berks County – Mark Perles, Morgantown – $6,015
- Bradford County – Edwards Trucking, Towanda – $2,037
- Bucks County – ORE Inc., Quakertown – $7,500
- Cumberland County – Benjamin Hammar, Newville – $5,048
- Delaware County – Holiday Cleaners, Broomall – $7,500
- Franklin County – The Pet Store, Chambersburg – $6,743
- Lackawanna County – Este Tux DBA Sarno and Son, Scranton – $7,500
- Luzerne County – Crest Quality Cleaners, Pittston – $9,500 (including additional storm relief funding)
Of the $1 million in grants budgeted for the current fiscal year, 129 grants totaling $780,994 have been awarded to date. The nine new grants will create $231,001 of private-sector investment in small businesses.
Examples of eligible projects include High Efficiency HVAC and insulation upgrades for new businesses, high-efficiency lighting to save energy, installation of energy-efficient heat pumps and new auxiliary power units that help large trucks reduce time spent with idling engines.
For more information about the Small Business Advantage Grant program, contact DEP’s Small Business Ombudsman’s Office at (717) 772-8909 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Source: Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
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