COLUMBUS, Ohio (COLUMBUS BUSINESS FIRST) –Dozens of Columbus-area performance venues, museums and art organizations received tens of millions of dollars in grants through a federal program aimed at helping venues shuttered by Covid-19.
The Columbus region saw grants awarded to businesses and nonprofits like the Columbus Museum of Art, the Schottenstein Center and Ballet Met through the $16 billion Shuttered Venue Operators Grant program.
Individual grants ranged from $3,600 at the low end up to $10 million, the maximum grant available under the program.
The program awarded grants for venues shuttered amid Covid-19 equal to 45% of their gross earned revenue, with a cap of $10 million for a single grant.
The top 10 grant recipients in Columbus were:
- Columbus Zoo & Aquarium: $10 million
- Columbus Association for the Performing Arts: $10 million
- Jerome Schottenstein Center: $10 million
- Franklin County Historical Society: $5.25 million
- Connecticut Association for the Performing Arts: $2.5 million (Operated in Columbus by CAPA)
- Prime Social Group: $1.68 million
- ShadoArt Productions, Inc: $1.24 million (Shadowbox Live)
- Ballet Met: $1.2 million
- Gateway Film Center: $922,466
- Columbus Museum of Art: $603,657
So far, more than $7.5 billion has been awarded to more than 10,000 venues across the country. According to the U.S. Small Business Association, more than two-thirds of the grants have gone to venues with fewer than 10 employees. The program has a carve-out of $2 billion for eligible applicants with up to 50 full-time employees.
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