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DEP Now Offering Emergency Storm Relief Grant Funding for Small Businesses, Says Tobash
HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is now providing emergency funding to help flood-affected small businesses in 33 counties across Pennsylvania, Rep. Mike Tobash (R-Schuylkill/Berks) said today.

The funding can be used to make energy efficiency and pollution prevention improvements. Projects eligible for 50 percent reimbursement grants of up to $9,500 could include high-efficiency lighting systems, building insulation, air sealing, recycling and reuse systems, and new water-conservation technologies.

Grants are available to for-profit small business owners whose facilities are in counties declared eligible for disaster relief by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). All types of small businesses qualify for funding, including manufacturers, retailers, service providers, mining businesses and agricultural outfits. Approximately $400,000 is available and comes from Pennsylvania’s Hazardous Sites Cleanup Act.

Costs incurred between Aug. 26 and Dec. 31 are eligible for grant consideration. The grant application package contains materials and instructions necessary to apply. All applications must be postmarked or hand-delivered by 4 p.m. on Dec. 31. Faxes or other electronic submissions will not be accepted.

Small business owners who want to review the program’s eligibility requirements can contact the Office of the Small Business Ombudsman at 717-772-8909.

For additional information on the grant program or for an application, visit and click on “DEP Small Business Emergency Storm Relief Grants.”

State Representative Mike Tobash
125th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Contact: Patricia Hippler
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