California Venues Grant Program. This program is funded by the State of California and administered by CalOSBA.

California Venues Grant Program

Program open 10/29/2021 through 11/30/2021

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PLEASE NOTE: Lendistry is the sole entity designated as the Intermediary of the California Venues Grant Program (the “Program”). This site (cavenuesgrant.com) and the other websites available on or through this site (the “Designated Sites”) are the only approved websites designated for the administration of the Program. Any other website purporting to administer or otherwise act as an Intermediary in connection with the Program may be fraudulent. As such, you should exercise extreme caution and avoid providing any information (personal or otherwise) in connection with the Program on or through any website other than the Designated Sites. Further, neither Lendistry nor any of its partners will charge any fees to apply for a relief grant under the Program and we recommend that you avoid any third parties purporting to charge fees for you to apply.

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

The California Venues Grant Program (“Program”) will support eligible independent live events venues that have been affected by COVID-19 in order to support their continued operation. Eligible independent live events venues must have a physical address and operate in California, which will be validated through submitted business tax returns. If your business tax returns do not reference a California address, you will be deemed ineligible.

APPLICATION PROCESS

  • Eligible independent live event applicants shall complete a new and separate application for the grants allocated under this section even if they already have submitted an application for the California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program established in California Government Code Section 12100.83.
  • If an eligible independent live event has been awarded a grant under the California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program established in California Government Code Section 12100.83, the amount of that grant will be subtracted from the grant amount to be awarded under this Program. If the grant amount awarded under the California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program is greater than the amount awarded under this Program, the eligible independent live event will not receive a grant under this Program.

Application GUIDES

Application certification downloads

Key Information

Required documents to apply :

Important Note: You will not be able to submit your application until all sections have been completed and all required documents have been uploaded.

    1. Application Certification (PDF)
    Completed and signed to self-certify the truthfulness and accuracy of the information you provide in the web application and supporting documents.

    2. Business Financials (PDF)

      • All pages of the business 2019 federal tax returns
      • All pages of the business 2019 California tax returns
      • All pages of the business 2020 federal tax returns
      • All pages of business 2020 California tax returns

    3. Government-Issued ID (PDF or JPEG)
    Driver’s License or Passport (Expired ID’s will not be accepted)

    4. Interim Financial Statements (PDF)

      • Interim financials statement covering Q2, Q3 & Q4 for 2019
      • Interim financials statement covering Q2, Q3 & Q4 for 2020

    5. Official filing with the California Secretary of State (which must be active) or local municipality, as applicable, for your business such as one of the following (PDF):

      • Articles of Incorporation
      • Certificate of Organization
      • Fictitious Name of Registration
      • Government-issued Business License (sole proprietors without a fictitious name)

    6. Most Recent IRS Tax Exemption Letter for Nonprofits only (PDF)

    7. NOTE: Must provide a California Secretary of State filing evidencing that the business was legally doing business in the State of California prior to June 1, 2019.

     

    Grant Award

    Grants awarded under this Program shall be in an amount equal to the lesser of two hundred and fifty thousand dollars ($250,000) or 20 percent of the applicant’s gross earned revenue in California for the 2019 taxable year.

    Eligibility

    “Eligible Venue” means a venue with the following characteristics:

    1. A defined performance and audience space.

    2. Mixing equipment, a public address system, and a lighting rig.

    3. Engages one or more individuals to carry out not less than two of the following roles:

      • A sound engineer
      • A booker
      • A promoter
      • A stage manager
      • Security personnel
      • A box office manager

    4. For a venue owned or operated by a nonprofit entity that produces free events, the events are produced and managed primarily by paid employees, not by volunteers.

    “Eligible independent live event” means an entity that satisfies all of the following:

    1. Is a sole proprietor, C-corporation, S-corporation, cooperative, limited liability company, partnership, limited partnership, or a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit entity that satisfies the following criteria:

      • Began operating in the state prior to June 1, 2019
      • Is currently active and operating, or has a clear plan to reopen when the state permits reopening of the business
      • Has been impacted by COVID-19 and the related health and safety restrictions, such as business interruptions or business closures incurred as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic
      • Provides organizing documents, including a 2019 federal tax return or Form 990, and a copy of official filing with the Secretary of State or with the local municipality, as applicable, including, but not limited to, Articles of Incorporation, Certificate of Organization, Fictitious Name of Registration, or Government-Issued Business License.
      • Provides an acceptable form of government-issued photo identification.

    2. Is in any of the following North American Industry Classification System codes:

      • 711211: Sports Teams and Clubs.
      • 711310: Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events with Facilities.
      • 711320: Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events without Facilities.
      • 722410: Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages).
      • 722511: Full-Service Restaurants.

    3. Is any of the following:

      • An individual or entity that meets both of the following criteria:
          • As a principal business activity, organizes, promotes, produces, manages, or hosts live concerts, comedy shows, theatrical productions, or other events by performing artists at an eligible venue where both of the following take place:
            1. A cover charge through ticketing or front door entrance fee is applied and
            2. Performers are paid.
          • At least 70 percent of the earned revenue of the individual or entity is generated through cover charges or ticket sales, production fees or production reimbursements, or the sale of event beverages, food, or merchandise.
      • An individual or entity that, as a principal business activity, makes tickets to events available for purchase by the public an average of not less than 30 days before the date of the event, which shall meet both of the following:
          • As a principal business activity, organizes, promotes, produces, manages, or hosts live concerts, comedy shows, theatrical productions, or other events by performing artists at an eligible venue where both of the following take place:
            1. A cover charge through ticketing or front door entrance fee is applied and
            2. Performers are paid.
          • Performers are paid in an amount that is based on a percentage of sales, a guarantee in writing or standard contract, or another mutually beneficial formal agreement
      • An individual or entity that meets both of the following criteria:
          • As a principal business activity, organizes, promotes, produces, manages, or hosts live sporting events at an eligible venue where both of the following take place:
            1. A cover charge through ticketing or front door entrance fee is applied
            2. Performers are paid.
          • At least 70 percent of the earned revenue of the individual or entity is generated through cover charges or ticket sales, production fees or production reimbursements, or the sale of event beverages, food, or merchandise.
          • The individual or entity is not a major league or professional sports team or club and is not owned by a major league or professional sports team or club.

    Ineligible Businesses

    Notwithstanding the above, “eligible independent live event” shall not include entities that satisfy any of the following:

    1. Is a publicly traded corporation, or is majority-owned and controlled by a publicly traded corporation.

    2. Owns or operates entities in more than five states or in another country, or is owned by an entity that owns or operates entities in more than five states or in another country.

    3. Generates less than 75 percent of its gross earned revenue in California.

    4. Demonstrates a percentage gross earned revenue decline in California of less than 70 percent, based on a reporting period comparing Q2, Q3, and Q4 of 2020, compared to Q2, Q3, and Q4 of 2019.

    5. Is one of the following excluded entities:

      • Businesses without a physical presence in the state and not headquartered in the state.
      • Nonprofit businesses not registered as a 501(c)(3), 501(c)(6), or 501(c)(19).
      • Government entities (other than Native American tribes) or elected official offices.
      • Businesses primarily engaged in political or lobbying activities, regardless of whether the entity is registered as a 501(c)(3), 501(c)(6), or 501(c)(19).
      • Passive businesses, investment companies, and investors who file a Schedule E on their tax returns.
      • Financial institutions or businesses primarily engaged in the business of lending, such as banks, finance companies, and factoring companies.
      • Businesses engaged in any activity that is unlawful under federal, state, or local law
      • Businesses that restrict patronage for any reason other than capacity
      • Speculative businesses.
      • Businesses with any owner of greater than 10 percent of the equity interest in it who meets one or more of the following criteria:
        1. The owner has, within the prior three years, been convicted of or had a civil judgment rendered against the owner, or has had commenced any form of parole or probation, including probation before judgment, for commission of fraud or a criminal offense in connection with obtaining, attempting to obtain, or performing a federal, state, or local public transaction or contract under a public transaction, violation of federal or state antitrust or procurement statutes or commission of embezzlement, theft, forgery, bribery, falsification or destruction of records, making false statements, or receiving stolen property.
        2. The owner is presently indicted for or otherwise criminally or civilly charged by a federal, state, or local government entity, with commission of any of the offenses enumerated above.
      • Affiliated companies, as defined in Section 121.103 of Title 13 of the Code of Federal Regulations
      • Businesses of a prurient sexual nature, including businesses which present live performances of a prurient sexual nature and businesses which derive directly or indirectly more than de minimis gross revenue through the sale of products or services, or the presentation of any depictions or displays, of a prurient sexual nature
      • Businesses engaged in any socially undesirable activity or activity that may be considered predatory in nature such as rent-to-own businesses and check cashing businesses
      • Churches and other religious institutions (regardless of whether such entities qualify as a 501(c)(3), 501(c)(6) or 501(c)(19)) , other than a school, child care, or other educational business affiliated where (i) greater than 50% of the gross annual revenue is derived from the school, child care facility or educational business and (ii) the grant will be used only for eligible costs and expenses directly related to the school, child care, or other educational business, and no portion of the grant will be used for any normal profit or overhead of the church or other religious institution
      • Owners of multiple business entities, franchises, locations, affiliations, etc. are not eligible for multiple grants and are only allowed to apply once using their independent live venue with the highest revenue

    Eligible Use Of Funds:

    Grants awarded shall be in an amount equal to the lesser of two hundred fifty thousand dollars ($250,000) or 20 percent of the applicant’s gross earned revenue in California for the 2019 taxable year.

    • Grant money awarded under this section shall only be used for costs resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic and related health and safety restrictions, or business interruptions or closures incurred as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, including the following:
      1. Employee expenses, including payroll costs, health care benefits, paid sick, medical, or family leave, and insurance premiums
      2. Working capital and overhead, including rent, utilities, mortgage principal, and interest payments, but excluding mortgage prepayments, and debt obligations, including principal and interest, incurred before March 1, 2020
      3. Costs associated with reopening business operations after being fully or partially closed due to state-mandated COVID-19 health and safety restrictions and business closures. 
      4. Costs associated with complying with COVID-19 federal, state, or local guidelines for reopening with required safety protocols, including, but not limited to, equipment, plexiglass barriers, outdoor dining, personal protective equipment (PPE) supplies, testing, and employee training expenses. 
      5. Any other COVID-19-related expenses not already covered through grants, forgivable loans, or other relief through federal, state, county, or city programs
      6. Any other COVID-19-related costs that are not human resource expenses for the state share of Medicaid, employee bonuses, severance pay, taxes, legal settlements, personal expenses, or other expenses unrelated to COVID-19 impacts, repairs from damages already covered by insurance, or reimbursement to donors for donated items or services, repairs from damages already covered by insurance, or reimbursement to donors for donated items or services.

    • If an eligible independent live event has been awarded a grant under the California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program established in California Government Code Section 12100.83, the amount of that grant shall be subtracted from the grant amount awarded under this section. If the grant amount awarded under Section 12100.83 is greater than the amount awarded under this section, the eligible independent live event shall not receive a grant under this subdivision and no amount shall be subtracted.
    • No more than twenty-five million dollars ($25,000,000) in grants may be allocated to eligible independent live events that qualify under California Government Code Section 12100.83.5 Section (f)(3)(C)(iii)(III) (Is not a major league or professional sports team or club), unless all other eligible independent live events have received funding.

      REQUIRED DOCUMENTS

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      Application Certification

      Completed and signed to self-certify the truthfulness and accuracy of the information you provide in the web application and supporting documents.

      Business financial information

      All pages of the business 2019 federal tax returns
      All pages of the business 2019 California tax returns
      All pages of the business 2020 federal tax returns
      All pages of business 2020 California tax returns

      Government Issued Photo ID

      Driver’s License or Passport (Expired IDs will not be accepted)

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      Official filing with the California Secretary of State

      One of the following (which must be active)

      Articles of Incorporation
      Certificate of Organization
      Fictitious Name of Registration
      Government Issued Business License

      Interim financial statements

      Interim financial statement covering Q2, Q3 & Q4 for 2019
      Interim financial statement covering Q2, Q3 & Q4 for 2020

      Tax exemption letter for non-profits

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      Note:

      Must provide a California Secretary of State filing evidencing that the business was legally doing business in the State of California prior to June 1, 2019.

       

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