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  • SBA Shuttered Venue Operators Grant

    For the complete article visit SBA's website here: https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/covid-19-relief-options/shuttered-venue-operators-grant

    Updated launch date: We have completed rigorous testing and the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant application portal will reopen on Monday, April 26 at 12pm ET. Updated guidance documents have been posted below. Applicants may continue to register for an application portal account.

    Program details

    The Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) program was established by the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Venues Act, and amended by the American Rescue Plan Act. The program includes over $16 billion in grants to shuttered venues, to be administered by SBA’s Office of Disaster Assistance.

    Eligible applicants may qualify for grants equal to 45% of their gross earned revenue, with the maximum amount available for a single grant award of $10 million. $2 billion is reserved for eligible applications with up to 50 full-time employees.

    Supplemental documents

    To assist you with the SVOG application, SBA has prepared the following:

    FAQs: The list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) answers common questions about the SVOG program, defines terms, and provides additional guidance. Please refer to and carefully review the FAQs for guidance as you complete the SVOG application.

    Application Checklist: The Application Checklist is provided to assist you with gathering and preparing the necessary materials (documentation, information, and technology) needed for the SVOG application. Some of these items will be required, and some are examples of items that can be submitted as supporting evidence. The Application Checklist lists materials needed by all applicants as well as applicant-specific information. The application will direct you as you go through the application portal for your specific applicant type.

    Applicant User Guide: The Applicant User Guide is a tool for technical assistance to guide applicants through the SVOG application portal with step-by-step instructions. Screenshots in the User Guide are for illustration purposes only. Content in the application portal will appear differently for different applicants

    Who can apply

    Eligible entities include:

    • Live venue operators or promoters
    • Theatrical producers
    • Live performing arts organization operators
    • Museum operators
    • Motion picture theater operators (including owners)
    • Talent representatives


    Other requirements of note:

    • Must have been in operation as of February 29, 2020
    • Venue or promoter who received a PPP loan on or after December 27, 2020, will have the SVOG reduced by the PPP loan amount

    Grant amount

    Grant amounts will reflect either of the following instances:

    • 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 to apply

    Those who have suffered the greatest economic loss will be the first applications processed under the following schedule:

    Note: On January 20, 2021, SBA updated the proposed plan for issuing grants during the first and second priority periods. To clarify, priority awardees will not need to satisfy the small employer set-aside. During the first 59 days of opening SVOG, SBA will reserve no less than $2 billion of program funding for grants to entities that have no more than 50 employees.

    First priority

    First 14 days of grant awards

    Entities that suffered a 90% or greater gross revenue loss between April 2020 through December 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Second priority

    Next 14 days of grant awards

    Entities that suffered a 70% or greater gross revenue loss between April 2020 through December 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Third priority

    Beginning 28 days after first and second priority awards are made

    Entities that suffered a 25% or greater earned revenue loss between one quarter of 2019 and the corresponding quarter of 2020.

    Supplemental funding

    Available after all Priority Periods have passed

    Recipients of first, second, and third priority round awards who suffered a 70% or greater revenue loss for the most recent calendar quarter (as of April 1, 2021, or later).

    Allowable use of funds

    Funds may be used for specific expenses, which include:

    • Payroll costs
    • Rent payments
    • Utility payments
    • Scheduled mortgage payments (not including prepayment of principal)
    • Scheduled debt payments (not including prepayment of principal on any indebtedness incurred in the ordinary course of business prior to February 15, 2020)
    • Worker protection expenditures
    • Payments to independent contractors (not to exceed $100,000 in annual compensation for an individual employee of an independent contractor)
    • Other ordinary and necessary business expenses, including maintenance costs
    • Administrative costs (including fees and licensing)
    • State and local taxes and fees
    • Operating leases in effect as of February 15, 2020
    • Insurance payments
    • Advertising, production transportation, and capital expenditures related to producing a theatrical or live performing arts production. (May not be primary use of funds)

    Grantees may not use award funds to:

    • Buy real estate
    • Make payments on loans originated after February 15, 2020
    • Make investments or loans
    • Make contributions or other payments to, or on behalf of, political parties, political committees, or candidates for election
    • Pay for any other use prohibited by the Administrator

    Grantee recordkeeping

    Grantees will be required to maintain documentation demonstrating their compliance with the eligibility and other requirements of the SVOG program. They must retain employment records for four years following their receipt of a grant and retain all other records for three years.

    Video tutorials

    Get technical support with the SVOG portal

    For Shuttered Venue Operators Grant application portal technical assistance such as a password reset, browser suggestions, or how to use the multi-factor authentication with an app and the QR code, applicants can call 1-800-659-2955 or, for the deaf and hard-of-hearing 1-800-877-8339 and follow the prompts to SVOG assistance. The call center is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. the weekend of April 23 and will be open 24/7 beginning Monday, April 26.