SVOG Grants and more – Update on Advocacy from the IAFE
SHUTTERED VENUES OPERATOR GRANTS (SVOG)
The SBA opened the application portal for the SVOG April 26. An IAFE member has created a video explaining his concept on how to qualify and apply for the SVOG grant based upon
the way the law is written. Please go to the Communicable Disease Resources page once logged in and go to Members Only section. The SVOG Toolkit is the top item.
There are many efforts already underway in the 117th U.S. Congress to make sure that the grants are made available as the Congress intended. Representative Mark Amodei (R-Nevada)
has introduced HR 2120, the Securing Access for Venue Equity Act or "SAVE" Act and it will specifically allow fairs
and carnivals to apply. The text of the bill specifically calls out "(11) HOSPITALITY BUSINESS.—The term ‘hospitality business’ means a person or entity that is assigned
a North American Industry Classification System code beginning with 713, 487, 5615, 7113, 721, 722320, or 561920.’’. (Bold added for
emphasis) Note: as of 4/15/21 the text of the bill has not been published. Log in to Congress.gov to set up an account to receive alerts on action on the bill.
This Act already has co-sponsors as noted below (as of 4/15/21):
- Representative Charlie Crist a Democrat from the 13th district in Florida;
- Representative Dina Titus, a Democrat from the first district in Nevada; and,
- Representative Bill Pascrell, a Democrat from the ninth district in New Jersey.
- Representative Ed Case, a Democrat from the first district of Hawaii; and,
- Representative Blake Moore, a Republican from the first district of Utah.
AGRICULTURAL FAIRS RESCUE ACT 2021
Senator Tina Smith (D-Mn) along with Senator Roy Blunt (R-Mo) have co-sponsored S 1092 on that side of
Congress for supporting fairs. This is the companion bill to HR2424
Representatives Jimmy Panetta (D-Ca), Billy Long (R-Mo), Mike Levin (D-Ca) and Dan Newhouse (R-Wa) are initial co-sponsors for the Agricultural Fairs Rescue Act Note: as of 4/15/21 the text of the bill has not been published. Log in to
Congress.gov to set up an account to receive alerts on action on the bill. The links below will tell you more of the initial announcement!
“Congressman Panetta Introduces Bipartisan Legislation to
Preserve Agricultural Fairs”
“Newhouse, Long Propose Agricultural Fairs Rescue Act”
OUTDOOR EVENT COALITION – A NEW "SVOG"
Your IAFE has signed on with 13 other organizations asking the Small Business committee leadership in Congress to create a separate type of "shuttered venues operator grant" just for the
outdoor events industry, with $15 billion committed to it. Leaders of the coalition are working in one-on-one meetings with Representatives and Senators to identify some "champions" for the
Stay Up To Date on the Latest COVID-19 News and Resources!
Make sure to bookmark the Communicable Diseases Resource page and check it frequently for
updates! Just added:
- March 2, 2021 update from FEMA on vaccination distribution
Template document for tracking your local case counts before/during/after your fair