Shuttered Venue Operators Grant

This blog post contains some information that has since been revised. Visit our Shuttered Venue Operators Grant page and read our newest COVID-19 relief updates blog post to ensure you have the latest information on this program.


The Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) program will offer much-needed grant funding to select COVID-19 impacted businesses. Grants will equal to 45% of eligible small business’ gross earned annual revenue, with the maximum amount of $10 million.

To be eligible the business must have been in operation as of February 29, 2020, and operate in select industries including live venue operators or promoters, theatrical producers, live performing arts organization operators, motion picture theater operators and talent representatives. Funds may be used for “ordinary and necessary business” expenses including payroll (employees and 1099’s), rent/mortgage, utilities, insurance, worker protection expenditures, and state and local taxes and fees.

While the SVOG application platform is not yet live, the US Small Business Administration (SBA) recommends you do the following to be ready to apply:

  • Register for a DUNS number so you can then register in the System for Award Management (SAM.gov)

  • Gather documents that demonstrate number of employees and monthly revenues to calculate average number of qualifying employees over the prior 12 months

  • Determine the extent of gross earned revenue loss you experienced between 2019 and 2020.

  • Compile floor plans, contract copies and other evidence needed to apply for an SVOG

Please review the SBA's FAQ document for guidelines defined to date.

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