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New SBA Grant Program for Shuttered Venue Operators

New SBA Grant Program for Shuttered Venue Operators

Emergency assistance for eligible venues affected by the COVID pandemic. 

The Shuttered Venue Operators Grant program was included in the new federal COVID relief funding bill signed into law on December 27, 2020.  The program includes $15 billion in grants to shuttered venues and related businesses, to be administered by the Small Business Administration’s Office of Disaster Assistance.

The SBA is in the process of setting up the grant program so get prepared now to apply as soon as it opens:

"We have been fortunate to have made two movies in Maine — The Way We Get By and Beneath The Harvest Sky.” Maine is a very special state in that there are so many options for locations. Given its size, you can travel to northern Maine, southern Maine, all along the coast, and tell a number of different stories in totally unique worlds with each film having very distinctive looks. The abundance of locations combined with the incredible generosity of the people and communities, make filmmaking in Maine a pure joy. We would not be filmmakers today without the support from the people of Maine and we will be forever grateful."

- Gita Pullapilly and Aron Gaudet, The Way We Get By and Beneath the Harvest Sky

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