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Shuttered Venue Operators Grant

Do you own or operate a live venue, theater, or performing arts organization? If so, there’s help in the form of grants available to you thanks to federal legislation passed at the end of 2020. 

The SBA began accepting applications for this grant on April 26, 2021.


UPDATE: You can receive both a PPP loan and an SVOG!

To ensure eligible venues do not miss a window to receive assistance through the Paycheck Protection Program, the American Rescue Plan Act amended the SVOG program so entities that applied for a PPP loan after Dec. 27, 2020 can also apply for an SVOG, with the eligible entity’s SVOG to be reduced by the PPP loan amount. The PPP loan applications have been updated to reflect this change. However, under the law, entities will be ineligible for a PPP loan after they receive an SVOG.  

 Registering can take up to two weeks!


Find out if the SVO Grant is right for you. Read the SBA's latest guidance on eligibility.


Review the SBA's SVO Grant checklist and collect all required financial documentation.

How to prepare to apply for the SVO Grant

City of Seattle residents

If you have questions about the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant, contact the Office of Film and Music Nightlife Business Advocate:

Scott Plusquellec 

(206) 256-5152

Questions about Shuttered Venue Grants?

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