Community Stage Relief Grant program applications portal opens today

Venues, businesses and sole proprietors that host, organize, promote, produce or manage live events or performances can begin applying today for grants of up to $300,000 through a program from the New Jersey Economic Development Authority.

Applications for the Community Stage Relief Grant Program will open at 9 a.m. Tuesday.

The program provides grants of up to 30% of an eligible venue, business or sole proprietor’s decline in operating revenue from 2019-20, up to a maximum grant award of $300,000.

Needed NAICS code

In order to qualify for a Community Stage Relief Grant, you must have one of the following NAICS codes:

  • 711410
  • 711310
  • 711320
  • 711110
  • 711130

The NAICS can be found on the top right of your NJ-1040 or corporate business filing.

The program is open to for-profit venues, businesses and sole proprietors that have an eligible NAICS Code or make 50% or more of their operating revenue from the organization, hosting, promotion, production or management of performances.

Applicants must also be able to demonstrate a 25% or greater operating loss between Q2 2019 and Q2 2020, as well as involvement in at least 26 live performances where performers were paid and tickets were sold or admissions fees were charged over any consecutive 13-week period beginning Jan. 1, 2019.

Nonprofit organizations are not eligible for the New Jersey Community Stage Relief Grant Program. A separate program for nonprofit establishments is being administered by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

More information about the Community Stage Relief Grant Program can be found here.

A recorded version of a webinar explaining the program can be found here.