On Friday (March 19), the Small Business Administration announced that applications for the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant will open on April 8.
The SBA has set up a splash page for the application portal that will allow independent venues across the country apply for up to $10 million of the $15 billion in grant funding.
“Help is here for venue operators hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. The SBA has worked diligently to build the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant program from the ground up to assist and address the diverse eligibility requirements of each type of applicant and we will open for applications on April 8,” SBA administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman said in a release. Casillas Guzman was officially confirmed as the head of SBA just yesterday. “The SBA knows these venues are critical to America's economy and understands how hard they've been impacted, as they were among the first to shutter. This vital economic aid will provide a much-needed lifeline for live venues, museums, movie theatres and many more.”