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Entertainment Industry Grant Program Launch Date Updated

DED's ARPA Entertainment Industry Grant Program will now open for applications on May 11, 2023, at 10:00 a.m. CST via the MO DED ARPA Federal Initiatives Submission Manager. Applicants should sign up for a Submittable account to apply.

An updated version of the program guidelines will be released soon that clarifies eligibility. This will allow potential applicants an opportunity to better prepare for the application launch date. An additional Pre-Application Training will also be held on Thursday, May 4, at 1 p.m. to review the guidelines and address specific questions.

Entertainment Industry Grant Program Pre-Application Training

Thursday, May 4 | 1 p.m.

The program will be used to provide grants to entertainment venues, art centers, museums, etc. Support will be provided to entities impacted by the pandemic.

Program Description

The Entertainment Industry Grant Program is intended to further the statewide recovery of the entertainment industry from the negative economic impact of COVID-19. This grant program will help venues expand, upgrade, or improve existing facilities. Program information based off of final guidelines is as follows:


Total allocation: $5,000,000

Application launch date: May 11, 2023

Application close date: To be announced

Award date: To be announced


Eligible applicants: (1) Entertainment Venues and (2) Businesses adjacent to the entertainment industry, defined as: a for-profit business with at least 51% of revenue generated from an eligible entertainment industry business

Program Requirements

Minimum applicant requirements:

  • Applicant must be Missouri-based (located and operating in the state of Missouri)

  • Applicant must, at the time of application, employ 50 or fewer full-time employees, including the owner(s)

  • Full-time employee is defined as an individual who is scheduled to work 35 or more hours per week

  • Applicant must have been in operation in Missouri since before January 1, 2020 and be currently operating Applicant must self-certify that, barring unforeseen circumstances, it plans to remain in business through calendar year 2023

  • If Applicant is a type of entity required to register with the Missouri Secretary of State (SOS) to conduct business in Missouri, Applicant must be registered and in good standing with the SOSApplicant is enrolled in E-Verify and provides a copy of its signed Memorandum of Understanding with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, as required by § 285.530 RSMo, unless Applicant is a sole proprietor with no employees Applicant has a Missouri Tax ID Number (EIN)Applicant has a Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN)

Calculation of Award

Eligible applicants are qualified to receive Program funds by submitting documentation demonstrating negative economic impact due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the form of declining revenues or gross receipts of at least $10,000.

Proof of declining revenues or gross receipts is to be demonstrated by the Applicant through the submission of tax filings showing a decrease in gross revenue/receipts in 2021 as compared to gross revenue/receipts in 2019.

Funding Structure

To be announced

Applicant has submitted a Vendor Input Form and received a SAMII Vendor ID Number

Eligible Activities

Projects designed to expand, upgrade, or improve existing entertainment venues.


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