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Grants available for small businesses

on July 18, 2013 10:50 AM

Small businesses looking for help in implementing projects to trim energy costs and reduce pollution can now apply for state grants of up to $9,500, according to state Sen. Don White, R-Indiana.

The Small Business Advantage Grant Program, through the state Department of Environmental Protection, provides a 50 percent matching grant of up to $9,500 toward energy efficiency improvements on systems such as lighting, heating, cooling and building insulation projects.

“This is an excellent opportunity for local small businesses to take advantage of state funding to make improvements and save money in the long run,” White said. “These grants help them install new equipment and reduce their energy consumption, which means savings in operating costs as well.”

The application deadline is 4 p.m. on Sept. 6. Eligible applications will be approved on a first-come, first-served basis until funds are exhausted. More information is available by calling (717) 705-5400 or visiting the department’s website at www.dep. state.pa.us. Click on “Energy” and then click on “Small Business Ombudsman’s Office.”

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