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The following is news from the Office of Congressman Michael San Nicolas:


Congressman San Nicolas announces that more help is here through the American Rescue Plan for local businesses and jobs, as the Small Business Administration’s Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) program will begin accepting applications on Thursday, April 8th, 2021. The program includes a total of over $16 billion in grants for shuttered venues.

“The opening of the Shuttered Venue Operators Grants program is another pivotal step toward crushing this virus, getting people back in jobs and revitalizing our economy," said Congressman San Nicolas. These grants will help our local shuttered venue operators put paychecks back in workers’ pockets, avoid permanent closures, cover rent payments and more," Congressman San Nicolas added.

Who Can Apply:

  • Live venue operators or promoters, Theatrical producers, Live performing arts organization operators,

  • Relevant museum operators, zoos and aquariums,

  • Motion picture theater operators, Talent representatives, Each business entity owned by an eligible entity that also meets the eligibility requirements.

Applicants must have been in operation as of February 29, 2020. A venue or promoter who received a PPP loan on or after December 27, 2020, will have the SVOG reduced by the PPP loan amount.


Venue operates can use their grants for:

  • Payroll costs

  • Rent payments

  • Utility payments

  • Worker protection expenditures, and

  • More


Local venue operators can get more information on how to apply at our local SBA office, at SBA.gov, or by contacting Congressman San Nicolas's office at 671-475-6453.