Here’s everything you need to know about the SBA’s Shuttered Venue Operators Grants
Editor’s Note (April 12, 2021): The Shuttered Venue Operators Grant application portal was forced to shut down because demand was so great. The SBA is working to re-open the portal. An exact date for reopening has yet to be announced.
Finally, there is some good news for small business owners of live venues. The U.S. Small Business Administration has officially opened its Shuttered Venue Operators Grant application portal. The grants are for small business owners and operators of live venues, performing arts organizations, museums, movie theaters, and more.
These venues were some of the first that had to cease operations when the pandemic hit last year.
“Concerts, plays, dance performances, movie premieres, museum exhibits – these are the lifeblood of culture and community, and often the anchor for travel, tourism and neighborhood food and retail stores,” said SBA Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman. “We know that for the stage and venue operators across the nation that help make this culture happen, the pandemic has been devastating.”
Read on for more information about the grant program.
Who is eligible for the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG)?
According to the SBA, the following groups are eligible to apply for a SVOG:
- Live venue operators or promoters
- Theatrical producers
- Live performing arts organization operators
- Relevant museum operators, zoos and aquariums who meet specific criteria
- Motion picture theater operators
- Talent representatives
- Each business entity owned by an eligible entity that also meets the eligibility requirements
Other requirements of note:
- Must have been in operation as of February 29, 2020
- Venue or promoter who received a Paycheck Protection Program loan on or after December 27, 2020, will have the SVOG reduced by the PPP loan amount
How much can I get through the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG)?
- For an eligible entity in operation on January 1, 2019, grants will be for an amount equal to 45% of their 2019 gross earned revenue OR $10 million, whichever is less.
- For an eligible entity that began operation after January 1, 2019, grants will be for the average monthly gross earned revenue for each full month you were in operation during 2019 multiplied by six (6) OR $10 million, whichever is less.
How the SVOG applications work
The SBA is accepting SVOG applications on a first-come, first-served basis.
- The first 14 days of SVOG awards, which are expected to begin in late April, will be dedicated to entities that suffered a 90% or greater revenue loss between April and December 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- The second 14 days (days 15-28) will include entities that suffered a 70% or greater revenue loss between April and December 2020.
- Following those periods, SVOG awards will include entities that suffered a 25% or greater revenue loss between one quarter of 2019 and the corresponding quarter of 2020.
How do I submit an SVOG application?
The SBA has hosted a national informational webinar (watch the recording) to highlight the application process for potential eligible entities. You can also access updates and information via frequently asked questions, additional video tutorials, an application checklist and eligibility requirements through SBA’s dedicated SVOG website.