Last week, your California Bluegrass Association received word that we are a recipient of a Shuttered Venue Operator’s Grant (SVOG) from the US Small Business Administration (SBA). This grant program was established specifically to provide emergency assistance for eligible entities affected by COVID-19. The SVOG funding allows CBA to recoup the losses we incurred from the cancellation of the 2020 Father’s Day Festival; additionally, it covers many of the ongoing operating expenses which have not been covered by the income normally generated by campouts, youth events, workshops, and regional concerts.
This sort of grant funding doesn’t happen by itself. The SBA required extensive documentation, historical records, and copies of contracts to ascertain CBA’s eligibility, all of which were used to compare CBA’s needs relative to those of the many other organizations applying for funds. The challenge of preparing all this mandatory paperwork fell to our CBA Grant Application team, led by board member/Committee Chair Lani Way and Treasurer Val Cornejo. Lani and Val put in countless hours, hundreds of emails, and more spreadsheets than you can count to make this happen. Please thank them both next time we’re all back together at a CBA event!
So now, what’s our plan? The SVOG funding comes with some strict guidelines, which the CBA Board and management will be carefully adhering to. With this good news, our organization is now able to back away from the ominous cliff of financial uncertainly. Now we have a little more breathing room to focus on our mission of promoting and preserving Bluegrass and Old-time music and building our community. Our reinvigorated volunteer team is finding ways in which we can be even more relevant to our members, help support our community of musicians and instructors, and reach out to future Bluegrass and Old-time fans to share our passion for music. As always, we’re very anxious to hear from you, our CBA members and friends. Any thoughts or ideas? Please contact me at [email protected]