Get financial help to make your business entrance accessible

See tax credits, deductions, grant programs and financing options to help pay for your business entrance improvements.

Accessibility inspection grant

Apply for a small business grant to help you understand and plan for accessibility improvements.  This grant will pay for an inspection of your storefront from a Certified Access Specialist or licensed architect and help small businesses required by landlords to comply with the San Francisco Accessible Business Entrance program.  Applications are open on a rolling basis.

Federal tax deduction for all businesses

The IRS has a tax deduction for all businesses. 

You can take a deduction up to $15,000 per year. 

You can claim a tax deduction for any construction costs for improving accessibility.

Federal tax credit for small businesses

To help businesses follow the ADA, the IRS allows a tax credit for small businesses.

  • To be eligible, your business must have:
  • Total revenues of $1,000,000 or less in the previous tax year 
  • 30 or fewer full-time employees

This credit can cover 50% of the eligible access costs in a year up to $10,250 (up to $5,000). 

The tax credit can be used to:

  • Pay for construction to improve accessibility
    Provide accessible formats such as Braille, large print, and audio tape
  • Provide a sign language interpreter or a reader for customers or employees
  • Buy adaptive equipment

CalCAP/ADA Financing Program

The California Capital Access Americans with Disabilities Act Financing Program (CalCAP/ADA Financing Program) encourages banks and other financial institutions to make loans to small businesses.

To qualify for a loan, your small business must:

  • Be located in California
  • Have 15 or less full-time equivalent employees
  • Be under 10,000 square feet
  • Have a total annual gross income of less than $1 million
  • Not provide overnight accommodations

More help

Contact the Office of Small Business for additional resources.

Last updated October 31, 2022