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April 5, 2021
SVOG Webinar from SBTDC
Team of Counselors with Q&A
SBA Webinar Recording Now Available
On Wednesday, April 7th at 1:00pm, the Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC) will host a webinar about the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) application, which is scheduled to open Thursday, April 8th. Join the SBTDC’s Business Resiliency Team as they review what you will need to apply for a SVOG, where to find resources and how to connect with the SBTDC team for one-on-one support. Registration for this webinar if free and will only require some basic information about your business or nonprofit organization. This webinar will include a moderated Q&A session.
REGISTER: SBTDC SVOG Webinar on Wednesday 4/7 at 1pm
Also, SBTDC provides counseling services for all 100 counties in NC. Simply go to the online request for business counseling section of the SBDC website, find your local office, and click the “Request Counseling” link for that office.
Request Counseling on SVOG from SBTDC
A recording of the national Small Business Administration (SBA) webinar about the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) program and application process that was presented on Tuesday, March 30th, is now available to the public. This webinar provides many new details about the application process and allowable use of funds. This information session will be useful to all those applying for the SVOG.
WATCH: SBA SVOG Information Session
Executive Director’s Note: I was inspired last week by an arts organization leader who was creating a plan to fill out the SVOG application to help prepare her own staff, as well as to share with other local organizations, particularly those that may not have as many resources available to navigate the SVOG application process. I am concerned that the complexity of this application process will disadvantage and/or exclude many of the smaller nonprofit and for-profits businesses this program was intended to support. I encourage the entire arts community to support one another, large and small, for-profit and nonprofit, through the SVOG application process to help our entire creative community through this difficult time.  Share examples of how you have answered questions and offer information to others in good faith. If you take advice from colleagues, remember each organization is responsible for their own application. Utilize SBTDC resources, as Arts NC is engaged with ongoing state and federal advocacy and may not be able to respond as quickly or effectively. It is my most sincere hope that every eligible organization in North Carolina receive SVOG funding so that we can effectively reopen and recover in the coming months.
SBA Shuttered Venue Operators Grant Website
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American Rescue Plan Provides $9 Billion to State & ALL Local Governments in NC.
Start the Conversation for Arts Funding.
On March 11, President Biden signed into law the American Rescue Plan (ARP), a $1.9 trillion package. We covered some of the arts-friendly basics in this legislation on our earlier blog, but today we want to put a magnifying glass on the state and local funding in the ARP.

In the CARES Act of 2020, only cities and counties with populations over 500,000 saw direct relief funding. Only three counties in North Carolina qualified, Guilford, Mecklenburg, and Wake.

But the ARP provides $350 billion for state and local governments – every state and local government.

💰For North Carolina, that means almost $9 billion is estimated to flow into every level of government across the state. The NC General Assembly will have a about $5.5 billion to spend. Counties will have over $2 billion and cities will have $1.3 billion split amongst all of them (551 cities/towns). How much each jurisdiction will receive has not yet been finalized, but the NC League of Municipalities has a spreadsheet of estimates here.

💪This funding is more flexible than CARES Act funding for governments – which offers opportunities, and challenges, for arts funding.

🎨What about the arts? The first allowable use of funds – responding to negative economic impacts – fits the arts in every way, especially given the focus on tourism, travel, and hospitality. This guidance is for every level of government, meaning arts groups could see relief from their city, county, and the state.
READ MORE: ARP Funding, What Arts NC is Doing and What You Should Do NOW
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Armstrong McGuire & Associates
Arts Council of Wayne County
Asheville Area Arts Council
Blowing Rock Art & History Museum
Cape Fear Regional Theatre
Center for Craft
Children’s Theatre Of Charlotte
Cucalorus Film Foundation

DREAMS of Wilmington
Duplin County Schools
Gaston Arts Council
Gina Harrison /
High Point Arts Council
Jackson County Arts Council
Mallarmé Chamber Players
NC Glass Center
North Carolina Theatre Arts Educators

Penland School of Craft
Pinecone: Piedmont Council
of Traditional Music
Pocosin Arts School of Fine Craft
The Paramount Theatre Foundation
United Arts Council of Catawba County
Winston-Salem Symphony Association
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