SBA Provides New Info For Preparing to Submit SVO Grant Applications

The Wiltern
Lindsey Byrnes

The Wiltern photographed on March 16, 2020 in Los Angeles.

Applications for the Shuttered Venue Operator Grants (formally referred to as Save Our Stages Act or SOS grants) are not open yet and the Small Business Administration has yet to announce a date for when they will be open.

It’s a frustrating fact for a lot of independent venues and promoters who spent the better part of 2020 lobbying for the legislation that would end up providing $15 billion in federal support to those forced to close due to the pandemic.

Since the passage of the bill in late December, the SBA has provided some details and today the SBA released an additional training video to help independent venues prepare to apply for the SVO grants. In the video filled with information slides, the SBA states that those wanting to apply for the SVO grants are required to register in the federal government's System for Award Management (SAM).

For those entities already registered through, the SBA notes that registrations only remain active for 12 months. Registering or renewing registration is free for everyone. The registration will collect information such as taxpayer identification numbers, certifications, banking information and more.

In order to register for SAM, entities will need to go here to get a D-U-N-S number, which is a unique nine-digit identification number for each physical location of a business. D-U-N-S number assignments are free and required for contracts or grants with the Federal government. New D-U-N-S numbers can be created in a day and requires documentation such as Secretary of State articles of incorporation, taxpayer identification confirmation letter, lease agreement or others.

A account will also need to be established in order to set up SAM registration. Those hoping to apply to the SVO grant program will need to select the answer the “Why are you registering?” question by selecting the option for seeking federal opportunities for grants, loans, and other financial assistance programs.

Following SAM registration, entities are required to submit a notarized letter to the Federal Service Desk within 60 days. Venues seeking SVO grant money should prep their SAM accounts ahead of time since registration can take up to 7-10 days for the government to validate.

Additional detailed instructions of how to prepare for applying for the SVO grant can be found in the video below.