CASp Inspection Grant Program
The CASp Inspection Grant Program is to provide financial assistance for businesses in good standing within the downtown Hanford Business Improvement District (BID). The grant program is intended to assist downtown business owners seeking to reach ADA compliance by first initiating a CASp inspection by a certified CASp inspector. After completing all Grant requirements, Main Street Hanford may provide a matching grant with a maximum of $500 per downtown business in good standing (with current City of Hanford business license) within the Business Improvement District (BID). See attached map of BID boundaries.
The matching grant program is funded by Main Street Hanford (MSH) to assist business owners with the costs of CASp inspections.
All taxable commercial properties in good standing, located within the boundaries of the Business Improvement District (BID). See attached map of BID boundaries. Properties will not be eligible if any property assessments are not paid to date. Only one CASp Inspection grant per year, per tenant, per building or address will be allowed. All CASp Inspection Grants must be approved by Main Street Hanford.
Eligible business owners may submit an application under this grant program. Tenants should provide written approval of the property owner’s consent to the inspection at the time of initial application.
Grants approved under this program shall not exceed $500 per business. The applicant is expected to provide a 50% match of his or her own capital to the total inspection cost.
Rebate grant amount will be determined at the time the application is approved, based on estimates, but final payment will not occur until Main Street Hanford certifies CASp Inspection completion and receipt of inspection payment. Project approval and corresponding rebate grant amounts will be directly impacted by available funds.
CASp Inspection grant money shall only be used for CASp Inspection provided by a certified CASp Inspector.
To be formally considered for a grant request, an application (attached) must be completed in full and submitted to the Main Street Hanford office at 219 W. Lacey Blvd., Hanford, CA 93230.
Main Street Hanford Organization Committee shall review submittals to determine that all information is complete and to assure compliance with grant requirements.
DRAWING DOWN GRANT MONEY:
Businesses must have a CASp inspection completed by a certified CASp inspector. Businesses must provide a copy of the inspection and proof of payment to Main Street Hanford. Main Street Hanford will release a check within thirty (30) days, made out to the applicant in the amount agreed upon.
What is the ADA and how does it apply to my business?
The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) is federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination of individuals with disabilities and requires all public accommodations and commercial facilities to be accessible to individuals with disabilities. Since January 26, 1992, all new construction and all additions and alterations to existing buildings are required to comply with the ADA. The ADA contains no "grandfathering" provisions, therefore, places of public accommodation constructed before January 26, 1992 are required to remove barriers if it is "readily achievable to do so." Existing facilities built between January 26, 1992 and March 14, 2012 are required to be in compliance with the 1991 Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines (1991 ADAAG) have safe harbor for most provisions of the current 2010 Americans with Disabilities Act Standards (2010 ADAS) which became effective for facilities built after March 15, 2012. In addition, accessible features are required to be maintained at your facility. Failure to come into compliance or maintain compliance leaves you vulnerable to having a discrimination claim filed against you by an individual that is denied access to your business or facility due to physical access barriers.
Why should I have a CASp review of my business/property?
Having a business/property reviewed by a CASp shows that you care about ensuring equal access for all of your customers, and that you intend to follow the law. The good-faith effort of hiring a CASp may lessen your liability and provide certain legal benefits if an accessibility claim is filed against you. Should an applicant deviate substantially from the approved plan, Main Street Hanford may elect not to release the grant money.
For a list of certified CASp inspectors visit www.apps.dgs.ca.gov/casp/casp_certified_list
Contact Shelly Talbert, Main Street Hanford 219 W. lacey Blvd., Hanford, CA 93230 Call 559.582.9457