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Barragán Announces Opening of Shuttered Venue Operators Grant Program to Support Local Jobs

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                      

April 8, 2021


Through the American Rescue Plan, program provides additional funding for local businesses hurt by COVID-19. Local venues can begin applying for assistance today.


SAN PEDRO, Calif. — Today, Congresswoman Nanette Diaz Barragán announced that more help is here for local businesses and jobs, as the Small Business Administration’s Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) program will begin accepting applications today, Thursday, April 8, 2021. Barragán 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 more than $16 billion in grants for shuttered venues nationwide.


Local business operators can get more information on how to apply at HERE.


“In Los Angeles County, our small businesses have been hit hard by this pandemic, especially those that depend on public audiences. We’ve seen so many local minority- and women-owned venues have to close their doors. This program will help them re-open,” Congresswoman Barragán said. “The opening of the Shuttered Venue Operators Grants program is another pivotal step toward defeating COVID-19, getting people back in jobs and revitalizing our economy. These grants will help our local shuttered venue operators put paychecks back in workers’ pockets, avoid permanent closures, cover rent payments, and more.”


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.




Nanette Diaz Barragán is proud to represent California’s 44th Congressional District, which includes the communities of Carson, Compton, Florence-Firestone, Lynwood, North Long Beach, Rancho Dominguez, San Pedro, South Gate, Walnut Park, Watts, Willowbrook and Wilmington. She serves as chairwoman of the House Homeland Security Committee’s Subcommittee on Border Security.