Congressman Tim Ryan Announces Opening of Shuttered Venue Grant Program to Support Local Businesses | Congressman Tim Ryan
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Congressman Tim Ryan Announces Opening of Shuttered Venue Grant Program to Support Local Businesses

April 8, 2021
Press Release
Grants for Theaters, Museums, Music Venues, & More Made Available Through the American Rescue Plan Act

Niles, OH – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) today announced that more help is here for local businesses and jobs as the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) program will begin accepting applications today, Thursday, April 8th, 2021. Ryan helped secure additional funding for the program as part of the American Rescue Plan’s support for small businesses. The program includes a total of over $16 billion in grants for shuttered venues.  Local venue operators can get more information on how to apply at SBA.gov HERE

“Venue Operators have been hit especially hard by this pandemic as Ohioans were staying safer at home,” said Congressman Ryan. “The opening of the Shuttered Venue Operators Grants program is another big step toward getting people back to work, getting our economy back up and running, and getting back to normal. I’m proud to have helped get this funding out the door and into the hands of our local business-owners here in Northeast Ohio.”

Who Can Apply: 

  • 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

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. Click here for more information about who can apply.

Venue operates can use their grants for:

  • Payroll costs
  • Rent payments
  • Utility payments
  • Worker protection expenditures, and
  • More

Click here for a full list of how venue operators can use their grants.

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