Harder Announces Opening of New Grants for Central Valley Stages, Bars, Movie Theaters, Museums & Concert Halls

April 8, 2021
Press Release

MODESTO — Today, Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) announced that more help is on the way for local businesses as the Small Business Administration’s Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) program begins accepting applications this morning. Rep. Harder helped secure additional funding for the program as part of the American Rescue Plan’s support for jobs and small businesses. The program includes a total of over $16 billion in grants for shuttered venues like small music halls, bars, movie theaters, and museums. 


“Our stages, bars, movie theaters, museums, and concert halls are the hearts of so many communities here in the Valley,” said Rep. Harder. “Not only do these venues provide top notch entertainment for our hard-working friends and families, they employ countless thousands of folks. These resources will help our venues reopen and stay open in the coming weeks, and I’m proud to have voted to bring them to our community.”


Local venue operators can get more information on how to apply at SBA.gov HERE.


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


What venue operators 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.