$45.7M in COVID-19 aid went to 90 Kansas businesses and operators of shuttered event venues. Here's the list.

Jason Tidd
Topeka Capital-Journal
Topeka Civic Theatre & Academy received $221,585 as part of the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant Program, which distributed relief funds to 90 live event venues affected by the pandemic.

Several million dollars worth of federal COVID-19 relief has been awarded to dozens of live event venues in Kansas that were shuttered by the pandemic.

Data released Monday shows 90 operators in Kansas received a combined $45.7 million through the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant Program.

"These dollars will be significant difference-makers in keeping venues across Kansas open for business," Lt. Gov. and Secretary of Commerce David Toland said in a statement. "Venues were especially hard hit by the pandemic, and we strongly support the SBA’s work to get liquidity to those venues that add so much to the rich fabric of their communities, as well as our history and culture statewide."

Congress created the SVORG program in December, then added more money to the pot in March as part of the American Rescue Plan. The U.S. Small Business Administration administers the $16.2 billion program.

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Eligible applicants may qualify for grants equal to 45% of their gross earned revenue, with a maximum of $10 million for a single award. Money can be spent on payroll, rent, utilities, taxes and certain other expenses.

The program is open to live venue operators or promoters, theatrical producers, live performing arts organization operators, museum operators, motion picture theater operators and owners, and talent representatives.

Nationwide, $7.6 billion has been awarded to nearly 10,000 operators as of Monday, according to SBA data. Applications remain open.

In Kansas, the largest grant was for about $9.7 million to Mammoth Inc. in Lawrence. The smallest was about $13,000 to Historic Abilene Inc.

In Topeka, Klaton Theatres received $3.36 million, Topeka Performing Arts Center $373,709 and Topeka Civic Theatre & Academy $221,585.

The SBA's full list of awards to venue operators in Kansas is available below: