Dear APAP Members,

BREAKING NEWS: The SBA released today an announcement that the application process for the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) program will open on Thursday, April 8, 2021.

Today it opened an SVOG Application portal in anticipation of the opening.

The SBA also announced a national informational webinar on Tuesday, March 30 from 2:30-4:00 p.m. (EDT) to highlight the application process for potential eligible entities. Those interested in participating can register here.
The SVOG program was established by the Economic Aid to Hard Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits and Venues Act, which appropriated $15 billion for it. The American Rescue Plan Act, signed into law by President Joe Biden on March 11, 2021, appropriated an additional $1.25 billion, bringing the program funding to a total of $16.25 billion, with more than $16 billion allocated for grants.
To ensure eligible venues do not miss a window to receive assistance through the Paycheck Protection Program, the American Rescue Plan Act also amended the SVOG program so entities that apply for a PPP loan after Dec. 27, 2020, can also apply for an SVOG, with the eligible entity’s SVOG to be reduced by the PPP loan amount. The PPP loan applications have been updated to reflect this.
As the SBA builds and prepares to open the program, the dedicated SBA website,, which includes frequently asked questionsvideo tutorials and other SVOG details, is the best source for information for those looking to apply for a grant.

To prepare in advance of the SVOG application portal opening on April 8, potential applicants should get registered in the federal government’s System for Award Management (, as this is required for an entity to receive an SVOG, and reference the preliminary application checklist and eligibility requirements
We are stronger together.

The APAP Team