Mar 17, 2021

PPP funding update – new funds available to museums, theatres and performing arts venues

Museum gallery, with art hung on walls

“Great theatre is about challenging how we think and encouraging us to fantasize about a world we aspire to.” – Willem Dafoe 

It was Shakespeare who wrote, “All the world’s a stage,” and we’re thrilled to see good news on the horizon for the arts sector including museums, theaters and performing arts venues. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will begin taking applications in early April for the Shuttered Venue Operations Grant (SVOG) program.  

The $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act, H.R. 1319, signed into law last week, provides an additional $1.25 billion in funding for the Shuttered Venues Operations Grant program.  

The initial Shuttered Venue Operators (SVO) Grant program was established by the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Venues Act, signed into law on December 27, 2020. The program included $15 billion in grants to shuttered venues, to be administered by the SBA’s Office of Disaster Assistance. 

On Thursday, March 11, the SBA released a preliminary application checklist for the new funds. The preliminary application checklist will guide users with gathering and preparing the necessary SVOG application materials in advance of the opening of the funding. This checklist includes specific documents that will be needed to support grant requirements and meet eligibility for the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant application when the process opens.    

The SVOG application process is still under development and is projected to roll out in early April 2021. See the preliminary application checklist for more information on how to start the process. If you are looking for more insight on reporting your PPP loans, tune into MIP’s webinar on the topic.

Are you looking for more ways to diversify your fundraising?

GiveSmart partners really demonstrated creativity and grit in 2020.  Read more on 7 ways the arts can fundraise virtually.  And, for even more inspiration, hear how both the Pennsylvania Ballet and New Haven Symphony Orchestra bridged their funding gaps

This blog was originally published on MIP.


November 17, 2021

80+ Virtual Fundraising Ideas: Examples from real-life campaigns 

Virtual fundraising has been a sustainable practice for many nonprofits, and it has recently become…

Read More
7 ways that the arts can fundraise virtually
October 26, 2020

7 ways the arts can fundraise virtually

Arts organizations are just one of the many industries that are being hit hard by…

Read More
museum fundraising
September 20, 2019

Museum fundraising guide

This guide explores the museum fundraising process given this contemporary axis. Its ideas and insights...

Read More

What our clients say

We needed a platform to make sales online and to track and display ads for our sponsors. GiveSmart was perfect. We ended up making close to $15,000 more than we had hoped for. Definite better ROI than we anticipated. The interface is easy to use and provides plenty of options to get help if needed.

Michelle M.

The Rotary Club of South Whidbey Island

Using GS has created ease in auction bookkeeping, payments, and generating post-event thank you/tax letters. While we were online during COVID, our interactions with our GiveSmart via phone, email, and zoom were seamless. A representative always got back to us within the day. I would recommend GiveSmart to anyone doing a large online event.

Julie G.

MicroFinancing Partners in Africa

GiveSmart is highly flexible - you can use it for [a] simple registration and check-in, to full-scale galas with complex order forms, onsite upsells, live auctions, seating management, and more.

Jamie F.

Hope Chest for Breast Cancer

GiveSmart is easy to use and ideal for virtual events and can be used for in-person events to manage the silent auction, seating charts, and check-in to the event. Being able to use the platform for unlimited events within the contract year is very useful and being able to add other users and volunteers for different levels of access is helpful as well.

Dawn L.

Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County