Funding Information

Funding Opportunities

There may be opportunities available to fund environmental or energy related projects that will improve the bottom line for your business.

(NOTE: Fund availability varies - if applications are closed, be sure to check back periodically)

Energy Efficiency & Pollution Prevention

Small Business Advantage Program (Re-opened July 8, 2013)
Grant funds for pollution prevention and energy efficiency upgrades. Under the program, 50% matching grants up to a maximum of $9,500 are available. Check the DEP Grants and Loans Resource Center for current information on when the program is accepting applications.

Tax Deductions for Energy Efficient Commercial Buildings
Established by the Energy Policy Act of 2005, this program allows business owners who upgrade interior lighting; building envelope; or HVAC or hot water systems to deduct from $0.30 to $1.80 per square foot, depending on the amount of energy savings. The credits are available for systems “placed in service” from January 1, 2006 through December 31, 2008.

USDA Grants for Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Projects
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Business-Cooperative Service offers grants and loan guarantees to agriculture producers and small businesses in eligible rural areas to purchase renewable energy systems and make energy efficiency improvements.

Pollution Prevention Assistance Account Loan Program
Low-interest loans to help Pennsylvania small businesses implement pollution prevention and/or energy efficiency projects.

Resource Enhancement and Protection Act (REAP) Tax Credit Program
Eligible farmers can receive up to $150,000 in tax credits for single or multiple projects, and they can choose to apply the credits to their own tax bill or sell them to another taxpayer. Businesses that help finance a project on a private farm can also receive the tax credits.

REAP Energy Efficiency Program provides grants for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects to farmers and small businesses in rural areas.

Composting Infrastructure Development Grant Program
Businesses and nonprofit organizations can apply for grants of up to $100,000 to help increase the use of composted materials in finished products and reduce the amount of organic waste disposed in landfills.

Clean Energy & Alternative Fuels

Natural Gas Vehicle Grant Program

Act 13 of 2012 created a three year competitive grant program administered by PA DEP with funds available to purchase or convert eligible vehicles to natural gas.

Alternative Fuels Incentive Grants (AFIG)
The AFIG program offers funds to finance the production and use of clean-burning fuels in Pennsylvania. Included are biodiesel production incentives and hybrid car rebates.

Renewable Energy Center at St. Francis University offers wind assessments for prospective development of mid- to large-scale wind power projects.

 Pennsylvania Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency
DSIRE is a comprehensive source of information on state, local, utility, and federal incentives that promote renewable energy and energy efficiency.

PA Sunshine Program  DEP opened this grant in May 2009, and is accepting grant applications on a first-come first-served basis for solar photovoltaic (PV) and hot water systems. The program rebates will be available for the purchase and installation of qualifying solar PV and solar hot water equipment by qualified installers.

DCED/DEP Alternative and Clean Energy Program provides funding in the form of grants and loans for eligible projects that provide for the utilization, development and construction of clean and renewable energy projects.

Solar Energy Program provides funding to promote the activity and use of solar energy and the manufacture and assembly of solar equipment.

Storage Tanks

Pennsylvania offers several programs to help pay for cleaning, remediation and upgrade of underground storage tanks (USTs). For more information, visit the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection website.

The UST Environmental Cleanup Program reimburses up to $5,000 for corrective action taken by owners of underground heating oil tanks with a capacity of 3,000 gallons or less.

UST Pollution Prevention Program (a.k.a "Pump and Plug") provides grants of up to $2,500 to encourage tank owners to take measures to prevent accidental spills from unused and unsafe tanks.

Underground Storage Tank Upgrade Loan Program

Low-interest loan financing to business owners of regulated underground storage tanks to meet federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) upgrade requirements.

The Underground Storage Tank Indemnification Fund (USTIF)

This fund will pay claims from eligible UST owners for the costs of cleanup, remediation, and third party damages as a result of a release. This fund, which started in February 1994, is financed through fees assessed to underground storage tank owners or operators.

Water Quality

State funding programs are primarily intended for municipalities, however, some funding is available for industry.

Other

Small Business Innovation Research Grant
Program provides substantial grants to strengthen the role of small businesses in federally funded R&D and help develop a stronger national base for technical innovation. 

Green Building Alliance Innovation Grants
Up to $100,000 for projects that seek to develop and introduce green building products to the marketplace.

Small Business First Fund
Low-interest loans are provided to small businesses by Pennsylvania to come into compliance with environmental regulations or to adopt pollution prevention practices. View a list of the area loan organizations for your county and call them to learn more about this loan program.