Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG)

Updated on 4/12/2021. Applications are now open!


The Shuttered Venue Operators Grant application portal remained temporarily suspended through the weekend of April 9 while SBA works to resolve technical issues. SBA can confirm they did not accept any applications or distribute any funding. When a reopening date is determined, SBA will provide updates in advance so that applicants have time to prepare.


So many live venues and related businesses have been impacted by this pandemic and SBA wants to ensure relief is delivered as quickly and equitably as possible. SBA appreciates your patience. For more information about the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant program, visit

The Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) program was established last year and was recently amended by the American Rescue Plan Act. 

Important: This is a grant-funded program, which means that all applicants must be registered at BEFORE applying for assistance from this program per the SBA's guidelines. 

  • Need help registering at Watch this instructional video from the SBA or keep an eye on our events page to register for our next "Get Set for Success" webinar coming up on May 4th. 


This program now includes over $16 billion in grants to shuttered venues.


Eligible entities:

  • 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

  • Each business entity owned by an eligible entity that also meets the eligibility requirements


Other requirements of note: ​

  • Must have been in operation as of February 29, 2020

  • Venue or promoter who received a PPP loan on or after December 27, 2020, will have the SVOG reduced by the PPP loan amount


Grant amount:

  • ​For an eligible entity in operation on January 1, 2019, grants will be for an amount equal to 45% of their 2019 gross earned revenue OR $10 million, whichever is less.

  • For an eligible entity that began operation after January 1, 2019, grants will be for the average monthly gross earned revenue for each full month you were in operation during 2019 multiplied by six (6) OR $10 million, whichever is less.

How to apply:

  • The SBA is still building this grant program, so check the SVOG website frequently for updates. 

  • Applications opened at noon on April 8, 2021. 

  • During the first 59 days of the program’s opening, the SBA will reserve no less than $2 billion of program funding for grants to entities with 50 or fewer employees. 

  • First priority the first 14 days of the program:

    • Entities that suffered a 90% or greater revenue loss between April 2020 through December 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Second priority the next 14 days of the program: 

    • Entities that suffered a 70% or greater revenue loss between April and December 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

  • Third priority: Beginning 28 days after the first and second priority awards are made:

    • Entities that suffered a 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). 

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Our SBDC is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, Illinois Wesleyan University, the City of Bloomington, and the Town of Normal. 

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