As Congressional COVID relief continues to stall, Main Street Alliance, thanks to generous support from Crown Royal, is announcing the opening of the Main Street Relief Fund to support small businesses who host live entertainment and were unable to access federal aid dollars.
Right now, all over the country, America’s independent bars, restaurants, stages and local neighborhood spaces are in danger of disappearing.
Adversely impacted by the pandemic, these beloved institutions of community, places that bring us music and shape the heart and soul of culture need support to keep their doors open. To save our local restaurants, bars and venues we need direct financial support - that means grants and public policy solutions.
Federal relief was not designed to support this industry, so Main Street Alliance has set up a direct support fund for small grants to make as much impact as possible for those not able to access federal relief. But we also know one relief fund will never be enough. That’s why we are working to drive longer term, comprehensive support through Congress.
The deadline to apply for the first round of funding is Monday, November 30th, 2020.
Awards of $10,000 will be granted to small business restaurants, bars and live entertainment venues across the nation, with priority in the initial round given to businesses in Atlanta, GA, Norfolk, VA, Detroit, MI and Milwaukee, WI. Small businesses outside these target markets are still eligible to apply. Subsequent rounds will be announced in 2021. All small businesses in these industries are encouraged to apply, and will be eligible for subsequent rounds if not selected.
Grant Application Details:
Grant Application Open.
Round 1: Nov 5th - Nov 30th, submissions by 5pm ET.
Subsequent rounds will be announced in 2021.
Awards: 25 $10,000 grants will be awarded. Award announcements will be made the first week of December.
Eligibility: Preference will be given to restaurants, bars and live entertainment venues in target markets who hosted live music and entertainment events through February 2020, and did not receive any federal COVID relief funding, and are owned by people of color or women. All small businesses who hosted live events are eligible to apply.
Grant Details: You may use this funding to cover business expenses (rent, payroll, PPE purchases, etc.). It cannot be used for any personal expenses.