Shuttered Venue Operators Grant

Applications for the Shuttered Venue Operators Grants program through the US Small Business Administration (SBA) will be accepted beginning April 8. This program is priority-based and first-come-first-serve. There is $16B in funding available for eligible operations.

Shuttered Venue Operators Grant Links

Priority Tiers

First Priority
  • First 14 days of grant awards
  • Entities that suffered a 90% or greater revenue loss between April 2020 through December 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic
Second Priority
  • Next 14 days of grant awards
  • Entities that suffered a 70% or greater revenue loss between April 2020 through December 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic
Third Priority
  • Beginning 28 days after first and second priority awards are made
  • Entities that suffered 25% or greater earned revenue loss between one quarter of 2019 and the corresponding quarter of 2020
Supplemental Funding
  • Available after all Priority Periods have passed
  • Recipients of first, second, and third priority round awards who suffered a 70% or greater revenue loss for the most recent calendar quarter (as of April 1, 2021, or later)
Eligible applicants (publicly owned venues may also be eligible)
  • Live venue operators or promoters
  • Theatrical producers
  • Live performing arts organization operators
  • Relevant museum operators, zoos, and aquariums who meet specific criteria
  • Motion picture theater operators
  • Talent representatives

Eligible applicants may qualify for grants equal to 45% of their gross earned revenue, with the maximum amount available for a single grant award of $10 million. $2 billion is reserved for eligible applications with up to 50 full-time employees.

Funds can be used for:
  • Payroll costs
  • Rent payments
  • Utility payments
  • Scheduled mortgage payments (not including prepayments 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 per 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)