SVOG Relief Funding Update

The Shuttered Venue Operators Grants (SVOG) funding applications, which were supposed to open Thursday, April 8, have still not opened. Senior White House leadership indicated that a launch date could come by the end of the week of April 19, but also stated that applicants would have the opportunity to review a new FAQ and applicant guide in advance of the portal re-opening. New guidance has not yet been released.

Applicants will still want to plan to apply as soon as possible and see the Shuttered Venue Operators Grants web page hosted by the SBA for the most up-to-date and complete information. The SBA and its resource centers are the definitive source of guidance on the application requirements and grant administration details, and all potential applicants are encouraged to carefully review all SBA-issued guidance.

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Key Tips
  • Prepare to apply as soon as possible -- all may apply on the first day of the program.
  • Once the portal opens, applicants can submit an application at any time, regardless of whether an organization is within one of the two priority periods. Within priority periods, SBA will process applications in the order received.
  • The SBA is advising: "entities should make sure to save frequently, [and] have the SVOG dedicated website - - at the ready to refer to the application user guide, the most up-to-date FAQs, technical support guidance and the March 30, 2021, application information session (under video tutorials) as they go through the application process." •
  • Identify your local SBA resource partners now and seek their assistance with questions about the application process. Find local SBA resource partners at