Accessibility Grant

Legacy Business Program Accessibility Grant - Application Period Now Open

For Legacy Businesses:

The Office of Small Business (OSB) is pleased to inform you that the Legacy Program Accessibility Grant is now open for applications. The Accessibility Grant was designed by OSB to help Legacy Businesses better comply with disability access laws and help increase access for people with disabilities to Legacy Business’ goods and services. Through this grant application, OSB is seeking Legacy Businesses that are in need of accessibility inspections by Certified Access Specialists.

 

Grant Instructions and Application

At the following links are the instructions and application for the Legacy Business Program Accessibility Grant:

Accessibility Grant - Instructions

Accessibility Grant - Application

 

The Application Period for the Accessibility Grant is March 15, 2019, to March 29, 2019

Steps To Apply:

1) Review the Grant Instructions.

2) Complete the Application Form.

3) Submit the Completed Application Form by 5:00 p.m. PDT on March 29, 2019

Please note:  

This Accessibility Grant pays CASp inspectors directly for professional services rendered to Legacy Businesses under this program. Legacy Businesses will not receive the grant funding directly. OSB will provide details about the payment process and invoice requirements to grantees.

Each Legacy Business applicant will be responsible for selecting and securing a CASp inspector to work with. OSB will provide resources to assist in this process, including a list of CASp inspectors serving San Francisco and tips for selecting a CASp, such as considerations on price, experience and professional specialties.

 

Background

A critical step in making businesses accessible and compliant with federal, state and local disability access laws is an inspection from a Certified Access Specialist (CASp). A CASp is a professional who has been tested and certified by the State of California to have specialized knowledge of the applicability of state and federal construction-related accessibility standards. Through a comprehensive inspection of the business, a CASp will issue a thorough report that identifies disability access barriers and describes barrier removal requirements to bring the business into compliance. Further, having a CASp report in hand prior to an access lawsuit can provide legal protections and can limit statutory damages in certain circumstances. A CASp report is a blueprint for disability access compliance. Please see the attached instructions document for full background information.

 

For questions, please contact LegacyBusiness@sfgov.org or call (415) 554-6680.