Burns: Small businesses can benefit from state grant program to help with energy efficiency, pollution prevention or conservation projects

HARRISBURG, Oct. 3 – State Rep. Frank Burns announced that the Small Business Advantage Grant Program within the Department of Environmental Protection is now accepting applications.

“Grants of up to $8,000 are available from this program, which will reduce project costs and increase a business’s return on investment,” said Burns, D-Cambria. “I encourage any small business who has undertaken an energy efficiency, pollution prevention or natural resource conservation project to apply.”

Those eligible are for-profit businesses in the state with 100 or fewer full-time employees. Commercial real estate and tenant businesses also may be eligible if they meet the program’s criteria. Eligible projects may include lighting, HVAC, boiler, truck retrofits, refrigeration, stormwater or watershed protection projects, to list a few examples.

Applications for these reimbursement grants will be accepted through March 22, or when funds are exhausted, whichever occurs first. For more information, visit the Department of Community and Economic Development website.

Burns lists this grant program and other open programs on his website at www.RepBurns.com. Entities with questions or that are interested in applying can contact his office for assistance at 814-536-8400.