Governor Laura Kelly Announces $16 Billion in Federal Grants to Support Kansas Venues Affected by COVID-19
Topeka, KS (STL.News) Governor Laura Kelly announced that $16 billion in grants will be administered to shuttered venues through the Shuttered Venue Operators Grants (SVOG) program by the Small Business Administration (SBA).
“Kansas venues are an integral part of our history, our culture, and our communities,” Governor Kelly said. “I strongly support the SBA’s efforts to aid these important local businesses. These grants will ensure venues emerge from the pandemic with the resources they need, and I encourage all Kansas venues that are eligible to apply for the program.”
The SVOG program will be administered by the SBA’s Office of Disaster Assistance.
Eligible applicants may qualify for the SVOG grant equal to 45% of their gross earned revenue for 2019, with the maximum amount available for a single grant award of $10 million.
$2 billion is reserved for eligible applications with up to 50 full-time employees. The program was established by the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Venues Act, signed into law on December 27, 2020.
“Kansas venues were hit especially hard by this pandemic, and this program was established specifically to support them,” Lieutenant Governor and Commerce Secretary David Toland said.