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Small women-owned or minority-owned businesses can now access state grants to improve the air quality and energy performance of their commercial storefront buildings.

The New Jersey Clean Energy Program is hosting a 30-minute webinar on Dec. 6 about these small business grants that can be used to maintain, repair or replace HVAC systems, or install energy-efficient and water-conserving plumbing fixtures and appliances. Grants cover up to 75% of total projects with costs up to a maximum of $500,000.

To be eligible for grants from the School and Small Business Energy Efficiency Stimulus Program Fund, businesses must be:

  • Independently owned and operated
  • Have no more than 100 full-time employees
  • Have annual gross revenues that do not exceed $12 million
  • Be certified by the state as being a woman-owned or minority-owned business

Businesses may be eligible to apply for both HVAC and the plumbing and appliances program grants. Applications and program guides may be found at the links below:

Grants are provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Go here to register for the State Board of Public Utilities’ free webinar about this grant program.

For more information on how to become a state-certified women- and/or minority-owned small business, go here:

For more information about the New Jersey Clean Energy Program’s School and Small Business Energy Efficiency Stimulus Program, go here.