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

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FAQ’s by section

Section 1: Program Overview

Section 2: Application Guidance

Section 1: Program Overview

I have an inquiry regarding the 1099 form I received from the program. Who do I contact?

For all inquiries regarding the 1099 form, please contact [email protected] or call 888-870-2203.

We have a dedicated team to help you with any questions or concerns which may include:

  • You need to request a new 1099 form from Lendistry.
  • You lost or never received a 1099 form from Lendistry.
  • You received a grant, but your 1099 form contains incorrect information.
  • You did not receive a grant but received a 1099.
  • You need further clarification.

What is the California Venues Grant Program?

The California Venues Grant Program (CVGP) 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.


Who is Lendistry?

Lendistry is a technology partner that hosts and manages the portal for the Program’s grant application and will make grant payments to approved applicants. Applicants will receive notifications from Lendistry on the status of their application and requests for business information and supporting documents, including their business bank account information.

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Who else can help me apply for the California Venues Grant Program?

Lendistry’s partners include mission-based lenders and small business advisory and technical assistance providers who are available to help small businesses with the application process, uploading documents, and more.  This includes many of the State of California-supported small business centers that prioritize the expansion of technical assistance to underserved business groups. You can find our partners HERE

What are the eligible costs for which I can use the grant funds?

  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.

Can I apply if I have already received the California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant

  • 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 venue 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 California Government Code 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.
Section 2: Application Guidance

My login credentials for Lendistry’s Portal is not working. How do I troubleshoot my account?

To log into Lendistry’s Portal, you will need to use the email address, password, and mobile number you registered at the beginning of the application process. Please review page 36 of the Program and Application Guide (CLICK HERE) for reference.

If you are unable to sign into the Portal with these credentials, review the following steps to troubleshoot your account.

  1. If you do not know the email address or mobile number you registered, please contact our Call Center at (888) 984-1173 (M – F: 7:00am – 7:00pm PST).
  2. If you do not know your password, you will need to reset it yourself. Our Call Center does not have access to your password. To reset your password, please CLICK HERE.

I own multiple venues, can I apply for each one?

Owners of multiple venues will be considered for only one grant and are required to apply for the business with the highest revenue.

If I receive an award, will I have to pay it back?

No. The award is a grant and is not a loan that is required to be repaid. However, the State of California has the right to seek all available remedies for failing to comply with the terms and conditions of the grant, including, without limitation, if the grantee was ineligible, used funds for unauthorized purposes or made false statements in connection with the grant application.

Do I have to pay taxes on the grant proceeds?

Yes, you will receive tax information related to the grant proceeds, which you will need to report on your tax returns. Please consult with a tax professional for additional information.

How will I know you have all my information to be considered?

You will receive a confirmation email from [email protected] to confirm your application has been received. If more information or documents are needed, Lendistry may contact you by email, phone, and/or text (if authorized) to verify the information you submitted. Lendistry is available to assist you in understanding what business information is needed and how to upload documents.

Confirmation emails come from Lendistry at [email protected] If you did not receive a confirmation email after submitting your application, please check your spam folder for emails from [email protected] and add the email address to your email account’s safe sender list.

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How much can my business apply for?

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.

Can I apply if I am a nonprofit?

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.

What are the required documents?

  • Application Certification
  • Government-issued ID (Expired IDs not allowed)
  • All pages of the business 2019 federal tax returns
  • All pages of the business 2020 federal tax returns
  • All pages of the business 2020 California tax return
  • Interim financials statement covering Q2, Q3 & Q4 for 2019
  • Interim financials statement covering Q2, Q3 & Q4 for 2020
  • Tax exemption letter for non-profits

One of the following:

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

How will I know if I am Selected?

You will be notified directly by email if you are selected for review, approved for funding, waitlisted or not selected. Decisions will be made on a rolling basis following the close of each application period.

Please add Lendistry to your safe-sender list in your email and check your spam for email messages from Lendistry. Once notified of approval, your application will be subject to additional verification requirements before grant funds will be disbursed. It is also recommended that you allow Lendistry to send you messages via text (this will be requested during the application process).

I received a “Selected to move forward” notice, what does that mean?

SELECTED: Applicant has been selected for pre-approval, subject to further validation. Being selected does NOT guarantee funding.


If you have received a selected decision, sign into the Portal and upload all requested documents AND complete the bank verification if you have not done so already.

How do I check the status of my application?

Please log into the portal (this link will be from the first email you received with your username and password). Your current status will be posted once you log in.

I am having trouble accessing my application, who do I contact?

You may contact our call center at 888-984-1173. Our call center is open from 7:00 am – 7:00 pm PST Monday thru Friday.

How will I know if I was Awarded?

When an applicant receives a notification that they have been selected, that means that the applicant has been selected for review, subject to a validation and verification process. Being selected does NOT guarantee an award.

If an applicant is approved to receive a grant after the verification and validation review is completed, they will be sent a grantee agreement via DocuSign, which must be signed for funds to be released. ACH transfers will occur after the DocuSign is completed starting one week after notification through the next 45 days.

My business is active, however the Secretary of State’s website is reflecting it as inactive. What documents can be provided to show that my business is active?

We may require proof of payment of applicable Secretary of State fees and/or Franchise Tax Board payments evidencing active status in California. Required proof of payment may include canceled check, an email confirmation of payment, or bank statement reflecting payment.

The application requests personal information from individuals involved in the business. I am concerned about how this information is being used.

The security of your personal information is of the highest priority for us. Many of the categories of personal information that we collect are requested to assist us in determining and verifying your eligibility for a grant. We also request certain personal information for the purposes of compliance with Office of Foreign Assets Control requirements and other requirements related to the enforcement of economic and trade sanctions. As this is a grant program funded by the State of California and administered by its designated agencies, certain of your personal information and application materials may/will also be shared with the State of California and/or its designated authorized representatives, including without limitation the California Office of the Small Business Advocate and the California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development.  Any information and records in the possession or control of a California government agency or department are subject to disclosure pursuant to the California Public Records Act.

We do not sell your personal information to advertisers or other third parties for financial gain. Any sharing of personal information with third parties is done in accordance with Lendistry’s privacy policy (available here) and is primarily for the purposes of making available and/or providing Lendistry’s products and services to you, including this grant.

My documents and bank information has been fully validated and I have been approved for funding. When will I receive funding?

Once fully validated and approved for grant funding, you will be sent a grantee agreement via Docusign. Funding will not be released unless and until the grantee agreement is fully executed.

Once we have received a fully executed grantee agreement, please allow up to 5 business days for funding to be received.

What kind of bank account do I need to accept my funds?

Sole proprietors can be funded through a personal bank account. All other types of businesses must have a business bank account to receive funding. Bank accounts must always match the application name.

A government-issued photo ID is a required document. Is a state ID allowed instead of a driver's license? Or would other forms of picture identification be allowed?

Yes, any government-issued Photo ID will be accepted. State ID or a passport would be other forms that are acceptable.

Do I have to submit documentation to verify ownership? Do multi-owner companies have to submit for one owner or all?

An application must be submitted by the majority owner of the business. Applicants will need to certify that the application is being submitted on behalf of the applicant by the majority owner of the applicant as a condition to receiving the grant. Only one business owner can apply.

Who is a permissible “authorized representative” for executing a nonprofit’s certification and grantee agreement?

A nonprofit’s business certification and grantee agreement must be executed by the organization’s executive director or equivalent senior managing officer of the organization. This individual must be the same individual listed on the organization’s Statement of Information filed with the state.

I am a nonprofit applicant that is not yet required to file its 2020 tax return with the IRS due to the IRS’s extension of the return due dates for exempt organizations. Can I still apply without providing the 2020 federal and California tax returns?

Yes, the applicant may apply without providing the federal and California tax returns for tax year end 2020 only and must attest to its compliance with the eligibility criteria related to the 70% decline of its gross earned revenue in California and generating less than 75% of its gross earned revenue in California.  Note that the applicant must still provide (A) its full 2019 year-end tax return and (B) Q2 – Q4 financial statements for both 2019 and 2020.

Note: the applicant must still provide (A) its full 2019 yearend tax return, (B) Calendar Year Q2-Q4 financial statements for both 2019 and 2020, and (C) the filed IRS extension

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