UPDATE: Shuttered Venue Operators Grant Application Portal to Reopen April 24

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The U.S. Small Business Administration has completed rigorous testing and the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant application portal will reopen on Saturday, April 24.

Interested applicants should register for an account in advance through the portal.

With updated documents and guidance to be announced, review these tips to prepare to apply:

  • Make sure to register on SAM.gov, which is the website the government uses for financial awards.
  • Sign up for updates at www.svograntportal.sba.gov, which will alert you of when the SBA begins processing awards and of any upcoming informational sessions.
  • Read the FAQs on the aforementioned SVOG website, run through the application checklist to ensure they have all materials required for the application, and obtain a DUNS number. DUNS numbers can take a week to process, if your business has not obtained its DUNS in the past year, this should be a priority.

Materials that will be required for the application include financial statements – such as tax returns from 2019 and 2020 – payroll statements, and corporation documents if applicable, as well as venue-specific requirements. To prevent fraud, SBA is requiring many businesses to submit pictures of their venues, including advertisements, tickets to events that have occurred in the past, and even floor plans.

To view more information on the SVOG, including an in-depth explanation of eligibility and detailed application guides, please visit www.svograntportal.sba.gov.


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