Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (aka Save Our Stages)

The Small Business Administration will implement a new $16.25 billion grant program to support for “shuttered venue operators” and is still in the process of finalizing the details of eligibility requirements.

Timing for opening the application process is uncertain, and the SBA is posting preliminary information, subject to change in response to stakeholder feedback, on their Shuttered Venue Operators Grants (SVOG) web page. SBA will not write a rulemaking on the program, opting for less formal guidance for applicants.

While complete guidance on implementation of the program is not available, SBA will provide further web updates and video guides about the grants, who can apply, how potential organizations can prepare, and additional details regarding eligibility and applications.

**NOTE: The Small Business Administration Administration fully launched the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) portal on MONDAY, April 26 at 12:00 p.m. noon Eastern and the portal remains open to new applications. The SBA has confirmed that applicants in the 14-day Priority One grant category (those that have experienced a 90% or greater gross revenue loss) have begun receiving award announcements this week. The agency anticipates that the 14-day Priority Two grant award announcements will begin on June 10 (for applicants with a 70% or greater gross revenue loss), and the remaining grants will then be announced for eligible non-priority applicants, starting on Friday, June 25.

In written Congressional testimony SBA Administrator Isabel Guzman states that as of May 24, the SVOG program has received 12,841 applications for $11 billion in requested funds.

Prepare now

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