Governor Laura Kelly announces Kansas entertainment venues to receive nearly $ 46 million in federal grants
Governor Laura Kelly announced today that the Small Business Administration has awarded 90 grants totaling $ 45.7 million to sites in Kansas under the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG).
Administered by the SBA’s Disaster Assistance Office, SVOG provides emergency assistance to places affected by COVID-19 such as live entertainment venues, theaters, museums or cultural institutions.
“Kansas’ many entertainment venues employ thousands of people, boost our economy, and are important parts of our communities,” Governor Kelly said. “I want to thank our federal partners in the SBA for distributing this necessary and important grant to ensure that our entertainment venues can continue to grow and prosper as centers of culture, activity and tourism in Kansas.”
Grants can be used for salary costs, rent, utilities, scheduled mortgage payments, and more. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 15,166 establishments in Kansas closed in 2020 and it is imperative to ensure that as many people as possible can keep their doors open through this funding opportunity.
In Kansas, 90 grants were awarded to local theaters, museums, theater operators, motion picture exhibitors, and companies representing talent.
“These dollars will make a significant difference in keeping sites across Kansas open for business,” said Lieutenant Governor and Commerce Secretary David Toland. “The sites have been particularly hard hit by the pandemic, and we strongly support the work of the SBA to provide liquidity to these sites which add so much to the rich fabric of their communities, as well as to our history and culture at the statewide. “
The SBA continues to accept applications from eligible applicants to Kansas sites and more information is available. here.