Beginning in 2004, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) began offering Small Business Advantage grants to small businesses to acquire equipment or adopt processes to cut energy consumption or reduce pollution generated by their business operations.
Since its inception, the Small Business Advantage Grant program has assisted thousands of small businesses in installing advanced lighting, high efficiency HVAC or boilers, and other equipment to increase their competitiveness, cut their expenses, and reduce their environmental impact.
This year, the program has been expanded to include natural resource conservation projects in the agricultural sector. Projects which prevent soil erosion or decrease sediment/nutrient runoff into nearby streams are now eligible for funding.
$1,000,000 is available for all projects. The maximum grant award for natural-resource
protection projects is $9,500. The grants match up to 50% of the equipment/material
costs. Eligible applications are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis until all funds are used.
Learn more and apply at the DEP website.