Incentives

The State of California offers a variety of incentive programs to encourage business development in California. To learn more about incentive programs that your business may be eligible for, click on one of the categories below or complete the Incentives Section of the California Business Navigator.

Incentives by Business Operations

California Competes -  The California Competes Tax Credit is an income tax credit available to companies that want to come to California or stay and grow in California. Learn More

 

New Employment Credit - The New Employment Credit is an income tax credit available to companies that hire full-time employees within designated geographic areas. Learn More

 

Employment Training Panel - The Employment Training Panel (ETP) provides funding to employers for training associated with upgrading the skills of their workers. Learn More

California Competes - The California Competes Tax Credit is an income tax credit available to companies that want to come to California or stay and grow in California. Learn More

 

New Employment Credit - The New Employment Credit is an income tax credit available to companies that hire full-time employees within designated geographic areas. Learn More

 

California Preservation Incentives - A wide variety of local, state and federal incentives are available for property owners who opt to repair and rehabilitate historical resources rather than turn to demolition and new construction. To learn more, visit the Office of Historic Preservation website.

 

California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank (IBank) CLEEN Center - The IBank established the California Lending for Energy and Environmental Needs (CLEEN) Center to offer financing to public agencies and non-profit corporations to help achieve the State’s greenhouse gas reduction goals and increase market confidence in green investing. Learn More

 

Industrial Development Bonds - Industrial development bonds are tax exempt securities issued by the  Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank (IBank), the State Treasurer’s Officelocal Industrial Development Authorities, or by Joint Powers Authorities for the acquisition, construction, rehabilitation and equipping of manufacturing and processing facilities for private companies. 

Small Business Loan Guarantee Program - The Small Business Loan Guarantee Program encourages lenders to make loans to small businesses that may have difficulty obtaining capital. This guarantee minimizes the credit risk for lenders, and makes it possible for new and existing businesses in California to qualify for small business loans.  Learn More

 

California Capital Access Program (CalCAP) and CalCAP Collateral Support  - The California Capital Access Program encourages lenders to make loans to small businesses that may have difficulty obtaining capital. These credit enhancement programs minimizes the credit risk for lenders, and makes it possible for new and existing businesses in California to qualify for small business loans. Learn More

 

California Competes - The California Competes Tax Credit is an income tax credit available to companies that want to come to California or stay and grow in California. 25% of the available credit is reserved for small businesses. Learn More

 

New Employment Credit - The New Employment Credit is an income tax credit available to companies that hire full-time employees within designated geographic areas. Learn More


Small Business Certification Program

Certified small business (SBs) and microbusinesses (MBs) are entitled to benefits in the state contracting process. Learn More

Disabled Veterans Business Enterprise Certification

Disabled veteran business enterprises are eligible for special benefits in the state contracting process.  Learn More


 

California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank's (IBank) Export Financing Program  The Infrastructure Bank’s Export Financing Program helps lenders provide loans to small businesses that sell goods in other countries through the Small Business Loan Guarantee Program. Learn More

 

Small Business Loan Guarantee Program - The Small Business Loan Guarantee Program provides “access to capital” that may not have been available to growing businesses without this guarantee.  This guarantee minimizes the credit risk for lenders, and makes it possible for new and existing businesses in California to qualify for small business loans. Learn More

 

California Capital Access Program - (CalCAP) and CalCAP Collateral Support - The California Capital Access Program encourages lenders to make loans to small businesses that may have difficulty obtaining capital. These credit enhancement programs minimizes the credit risk for lenders, and makes it possible for new and existing businesses in California to qualify for small business loans.  Learn More

 

Industrial Development Bonds Industrial development bonds provide financing for the acquisition, construction, rehabilitation and equipping of manufacturing and processing facilities for private companies. These bonds are issued by the Infrastructure Bank, the State Treasurer’s Office, local Industrial Development Authorities, or by Joint Powers Authorities.


California Hub for Energy Efficiency Financing Pilot Programs - The California State Treasurer administers a set of pilot programs designed to help California achieve its energy efficiency goals by increasing the availability of lower-cost financing for energy efficiency investments throughout the state. Learn More

 

The California Alternative Energy and Advanced Transportation Financing Authority (CAEATFA) - The California Alternative Energy and Advanced Transportation Financing Authority works collaboratively with public and private partners to provide innovative and effective financing solutions for California’s industries, assisting in reducing the State’s greenhouse gas emissions by increasing the development and deployment of renewable energy sources, energy efficiency, and advanced transportation and manufacturing technologies to reduce air pollution, conserve energy, and promote economic development and jobs. Learn more


US Small Business Administration (SBA)  - The SBA helps Americans start, build and grow businesses through a number of financial programs.  While SBA itself does not make loans, it provides guarantees on loans from private and other lending institutions.  To learn more about applying for a guaranteed loan, please visit the SBA's website or contact your nearest district office.

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development - The USDA provides funding opportunities for rural small businesses through loans, loan guarantees, and grants.  Learn More

California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank's (IBank) Export Financing Program - The IBank Program helps provide loans to small businesses that sell goods in other countries through the Small Business Loan Guarantee Program. Learn More

 

Export-Import Bank - The Export-Import Bank is the official export credit agency of the United States. Its mission is to ensure that U.S. companies — large and small — have access to the financing they need to turn export opportunities into sales. Learn More

Incentives by Industry Type

CAEATFA Full Sales and Us Tax Exclusion  - The California Alternative Energy and Advanced Transportation Financing Authority (CAEATFA) provides a full sales and use tax exclusion for advanced manufacturers, manufacturers of alternative source and advanced transportation products, and manufacturers using recycled feedstock.
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Manufacturing and R&D Partial Sales and Tax Exemption - Manufacturers and certain research and developers may qualify for a partial exemption of sales and use tax on certain manufacturing and research and development equipment purchases and leases.
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California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank (IBank) CLEEN Center - The IBank established the California Lending for Energy and Environmental Needs (CLEEN) Center to offer financing to public agencies and non-profit corporations to help achieve the State’s greenhouse gas reduction goals and increase market confidence in green investing.
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Farm Equipment and Machinery Partial Sales and Use Tax Exemption - The Board of Equalization administers a partial exemption from the sales and use tax for the sale, storage, use, or other consumption of farm equipment, machinery and their parts.  Learn More

Beginning Farmer Bonds - Beginning Farmer Bonds are used to back below-market interest rate financing for eligible agricultural land, construction/improvements, breeder livestock and equipment for qualified farmer. Learn More

Timber Harvesting Partial Sales and Use Tax Exemption -  The Board of Equalization administers a partial exemption from sales and use tax for sales and purchases of equipment, machinery and their parts designed primarily for off-road use in commercial timber harvesting operations.  Learn More

US Small Business Administration (SBA)  -  To learn more about applying for a guaranteed loan, please visit the SBA's website or contact a District Office near you.

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development - The USDA provides funding opportunities for rural small businesses through loans, loan guarantees, and grants.  Learn More

Manufacturing and R&D Exemption - Manufacturers and certain research and developers may qualify for a partial exemption of sales and use tax on certain manufacturing and research and development equipment purchases and leases. Learn More

The California Alternative Energy and Advanced Transportation Financing Authority (CAEATFA) - The California Alternative Energy and Advanced Transportation Financing Authority works collaboratively with public and private partners to provide innovative and effective financing solutions for California’s industries, assisting in reducing the State’s greenhouse gas emissions by increasing the development and deployment of renewable energy sources, energy efficiency, and advanced transportation and manufacturing technologies to reduce air pollution, conserve energy, and promote economic development and jobs. Learn More

Energy Innovations Small Grant Program - The Energy Innovations Small Grant (EISG) Program provides grants to small businesses, non-profits, individuals and academic institutions to conduct research that establishes the feasibility of new, innovative energy concepts. Learn More

California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank (IBank) CLEEN Center - 

The IBank established the California Lending for Energy and Environmental Needs (CLEEN) Center to offer financing to public agencies and non-profit corporations to help achieve the State’s greenhouse gas reduction goals and increase market confidence in green investing. Learn More

The California Alternative Energy and Advanced Transportation Financing Authority (CAEATFA) - The California Alternative Energy and Advanced Transportation Financing Authority works collaboratively with public and private partners to provide innovative and effective financing solutions for California’s industries, assisting in reducing the State’s greenhouse gas emissions by increasing the development and deployment of renewable energy sources, energy efficiency, and advanced transportation and manufacturing technologies to reduce air pollution, conserve energy, and promote economic development and jobs. Learn More

 

Manufacturing and R&D Exemption - Manufacturers and certain research and developers may qualify for a partial exemption of sales and use tax on certain manufacturing and research and development equipment purchases and leases. Learn More

 

Energy Innovations Small Grant Program - The Energy Innovations Small Grant (EISG) Program provides up to $150,000 for hardware projects and $75,000 for modeling projects to small businesses, non-profits, individuals and academic institutions to conduct research that establishes the feasibility of new, innovative energy concepts. Learn More

 

California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank (IBank) CLEEN Center - IBank established the California Lending for Energy and Environmental Needs (CLEEN) Center to offer financing that helps achieve the State’s greenhouse gas reduction goals and increase market confidence in green investing. Learn More

 

Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program - The California Energy Commission’s Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program (ARFVTP) is a competitive grant program that provides up to $100 million annually towards innovative transportation and fuel technologies that help California meet its energy, clean air, and climate-change goals.  Learn More

 

CoolCalifornia - The CoolCalifornia Funding Wizard can help you find grants related to energy efficiency upgrades and rebates, with a particular emphasis on sustainable and environmentally-friendly business practices. Learn More

 

The California Alternative Energy and Advanced Transportation Financing Authority (CAEATFA) - The California Alternative Energy and Advanced Transportation Financing Authority works collaboratively with public and private partners to provide innovative and effective financing solutions for California’s industries, assisting in reducing the State’s greenhouse gas emissions by increasing the development and deployment of renewable energy sources, energy efficiency, and advanced transportation and manufacturing technologies to reduce air pollution, conserve energy, and promote economic development and jobs. Learn More

 

Manufacturing and R&D Exemption - Manufacturers and certain research and developers may qualify for a partial exemption of sales and use tax on certain manufacturing and research and development equipment purchases and leases. Learn More


Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program - The California Energy Commission’s Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program (ARFVTP) is a competitive grant program that provides up to $100 million annually towards innovative transportation and fuel technologies that help California meet its energy, clean air, and climate-change goals.  Learn More

California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank (IBank) CLEEN Center - IBank established the California Lending for Energy and Environmental Needs (CLEEN) Center to offer financing that helps achieve the State’s greenhouse gas reduction goals and increase market confidence in green investing.Learn More



Film and Television Tax Credit - The California Film and TV Tax Credit Program provides $330 million annually to encourage film and television production in California. Learn More

Teleproduction Exemption -  The Board of Equalization offers a partial sales and use tax exemption for the sale, storage, use or other consumption of machinery, equipment including component parts to a qualified person used primarily in teleproduction or other postproduction service. Learn More

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