Over $16 billion in grants are now available for venues shuttered by the pandemic

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BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD) – Applications are now being accepted for the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) program.

SVOG gives emergency assistance for eligible venues affected by COVID-19. This includes:

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

The program was established by the Economic Aid and was amended by the American Rescue Plan Act. Over $16 billion in grants will be administered by SBA’s Office of Disaster Assistance.

Grants can be up to 45 percent of the venue’s gross earned revenue, with a maximum of $10 million for a single grant award. $2 billion has been set aside for venues with 50 full-time employees for fewer.

The funds can be used for:

  • 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)

Click here for more information please go to or to apply. Applications will be accepted until 11:59 pm, Friday, August 20, 2021

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