SBA reopens shuttered venue operators grants

The U.S. Small Business Administration has reopened the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant application portal for operators of live venues, live performing arts organizations, museums and movie theatres, as well as live venue promoters, theatrical producers and talent representatives to apply for critical economic relief.

While working with vendors to fix technology issues that occurred with the initial April 8 opening, the SBA identified and resolved other concerns and enhanced the applicant experience with the portal. The following updates have been made:

  • Clarifying and making program documentation more user-friendly;
  • Improving application portal security mechanisms;
  • Adding an industry-standard waiting room technology to address the high interest in the program and provide an orderly application process for fair and smooth performance; and
  • Updating application features, including: a new revenue chart, the ability to upload multiple attachments, and an improved application flow to match the eligible entity types and their respective required documentation.

In preparation for the application portal reopening, the SBA recommends eligible applicants take the following actions:

Prepare required documentation, per the Application Checklist